Work is to start in September on a dedicated detention centre at Dublin Airport for people due to be deported.
People who don't have the right paperwork have up until now been forced to stay in our jails.
Last year the former Justice Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, told the Dáil that the facility could be ready by July this year.
Now a Department of Justice official has told 98FM News work is only due to begin this September and it will probably be this time next year before it's ready.
"The development phase of a project, which is under the responsibility of An Garda Síochána and delivered in conjunction with the Office of Public Works, is due to commence at Dublin Airport in September, 2017. This involves the refurbishment and fit-out of an existing facility to provide a Garda Station, office accommodation and detention facilities. The estimated duration of the work is 10 months."
It comes following the detention of a Brazilian tourist in the Dóchas women's prison in Mounjoy last week after she was interrogated at Dublin Airport.
The Brazilian embassy in Dublin is looking for answers as to why she was held with convicted criminals.