Accommodation For Ukrainian Re...


Accommodation For Ukrainian Refugees To Open In Ballyogan

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

07:12 14 Apr 2022

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A new facility for Ukrainian refugees is to be set up in south Dublin by the end of the month.

The temporary rest centre will cater for 300 people in Ballyogan, accommodating refugees before they're transferred to longer-term housing, and will be the main facility of it's kind in the eastern region.

The empty warehouse that sits close to the M50 and is owned by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown county council, will be open 24-hours a day with recreational areas also planned.

Councillor Lettie McCarthy, chair of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown county council, says wrap around services will also be available for refugees;

"We will be putting in sleeping accommodation, bathroom/toilet facilities, cooking facilities, all of that. It's the largest space we have, not quite ready to go, but ready with some construction work."

It follows a call for local authorities to put forward buildings that could be used to accommodate refugees. Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien said yesterday that over 500 properties, including former convents and schools, are being assessed.

More than 22,000 people have arrived here since the war began. Today marks 50 days since Russia invaded Ukraine.

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