The National Indoor Athletics Training Center will be used for emergency accommodation for refugees

THE NATIONAL INDOOR ATHLETICS TRAINING CENTER will be made available to assist with emergency accommodation for refugees, Sport Ireland announced it.

Located in the National Indoor Arena, the state-owned facility will be available for up to six weeks as part of an emergency response initiative.

In a statement today, Sport Ireland said the decision will have a “temporary impact on regular users of the facility”, but added it was grateful for the support for the measure.

“Sport Ireland is pleased to be able to respond positively to the government’s request to make the National Indoor Athletics Training Center available to support current refugee accommodation challenges,” said the CEO, Dr. Una May.

“This emergency initiative will last for up to six weeks, allowing the relevant authorities to provide more permanent accommodation for the refugees. Thereafter, the arena will be available for the start of the indoor track and field season.

“Sport has been a welcome lifeline for many refugees arriving in Ireland in recent months and the wider sport sector is to be commended for this. Sport Ireland facilities will offer the use of Sport Ireland campus facilities for the use of refugees for the duration of their stay.

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“Sport Ireland would like to express their gratitude to the clients of the National Indoor Athletics Training Center for their patience and understanding on this matter.”

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