Six adults and six children had to sleep in a Co Galway hospital as they had nowhere to go, it has emerged.
At 10.30pm on September 5, the family went to Athlone Garda Station looking for somewhere to stay as they couldn't access emergency accommodation.
Gardai consulted with Tusla and brought the Romanian family to Portiuncula Hospital to spend the night.
"A Romanian Family consisting of six adults and six children called to Athlone Garda Station and reported that they were homeless," a garda spokesman said.
"Following consultation with Tusla and due to the fact that there were no suitable facilities in the garda station, the family were brought to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe."