The Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone says she expects the first children from the former migrant camp in Calais in France to arrive here within weeks.
She also confirmed that the first group of unaccompanied Calais migrant camp children to be taken in by Ireland will all be teenage boys.
Ms Zappone is seeking Cabinet approval to implement a Dáil motion from last November to accept up to 200 unaccompanied minors.
The first group of 20 will be interviewed in France next week and are all boys aged 16 and 17.
Speaking on her way into the meeting she confirmed many will be housed in small residential settings.
“We have about 80 young people within our care setting, unaccompanied minors, many of whom are in residential settings.”
Ms Zappone said around 40 children would initially be relocated from the migrant camp at a cost of €11.5 million in the first year.
The Minister said she would be raising the issue of financing the relocation with Finance Minister Michael Noonan at Cabinet.
“There is that will to do it and we will find a way,” she said.