More than 2,500 Ukrainian refugees have found refuge in Ireland since the war began in February.
The Department for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth worked as part of the whole-of-government response to meet the immediate housing needs of people fleeing conflict.
The International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) continues to adapt to accommodate these arrivals.
Since the start of the conflict, IPAS has placed 2,589 people in temporary accommodation .
In recent days, IPAS has contracted over 2,500 hotel rooms, with additional capacity also being sought through:
- Hotels, B&Bs and B&Bs
- Accommodation pledged by the general public;
- State-owned or private properties that may be suitable for short-term accommodation;
- Religious properties; and
- Local community facilities.
To date, almost 20,000 pledges of accommodation and other support have been registered with the Irish Red Cross (IRC). The Department will start welcoming Ukrainians to this accommodation in the coming days. This will initially focus on vacant homes that have been pledged.
Speaking on the crisis response, Minister Roderic O’Gorman said: “My department is working urgently to welcome people arriving in Ireland fleeing war in Ukraine. Over the past five days we have ordered a level of accommodation ordinarily be acquired over five months.
“The outpouring of solidarity and support from the public in making accommodation pledges has been incredible. I would like to thank again those who made these pledges and pay tribute to the volunteers and staff of the Irish Red Cross for their hard work on this system. .
“We are now taking the next steps to verify and approve this accommodation so that it can be used as soon as possible. This process will be expedited as much as possible, but it is essential that we integrate these verifications into our system to ensure the safety of all involved.
“Given the high hotel occupancy rates for St. Patrick’s Day and the holiday weekend, as well as the increasing number of people fleeing Ukraine, we expect significant pressure on accommodations in the coming days. The Department is working on these challenges with colleagues across government.”
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