A homeless charity has slammed housing authorities for placing families in accommodation described as "a building site".
The group 'Inner City Helping Homeless' says 8 adults and 7 children were put up in the former Lynam's Hotel building on O'Connell Street.
The building is being re-modelled as a Family Hub. There are a number of industrial and commerical premises in Dublin being refurbished to create these hubs with washing and cooking facilities for families.
Dublin City Council says "an independent fire consultant (was) put in place (and) all necessary precautions and requirements (were taken) to ensure the safety of any families placed there, including the appointment of two fire marshals who are on-duty while families are there overnight."
However Inner City Helping Homeless says the former guesthouse is still under construction, and doesn't have a fire cert.
CEO Anthony Flynn has confirmed Dublin Fire Brigade has since inspected the building and has issued a closure order.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy says the families were only staying in Lynam's as a last resort, and did not spend last night there.
However he couldn't rule out the possibility other families might stay there again before it's fully converted to a family hub.
"But further work will continue to make sure it's safe to be used as an emergency location."