The Minister for the Diaspora says he was aware of the plans to bring a group of asylum seekers to Ballybunion two weeks ago.
Last night around 200 people attended a meeting in the north Kerry town to outline their concerns.
Yesterday, Jimmy Deenihan announced the proposal was not going ahead.
Minister Deenihan admits the issue was badly handled and he will be demanding a statement from the Department on the matter:
The Department of Justice says, at this stage, it doesn’t think it will be making a comment due to the commercial sensitivities involved.
Tánaiste Joan Burton, who is on a visit to Kerry today, agrees there needs to be consultation with communities ahead of the resettlement of asylum seekers.
She says there is also an issue of an increase in asylum seekers coming from the North: