Call For Holiday Homes To Be U...


Call For Holiday Homes To Be Used To House Ukrainian Refugees

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

08:49 14 Mar 2022

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The Irish Red Cross is to start contacting some of those who've offered to take in Ukrainian refugees this week.

More than 20,000 pledges of accommodation have been made to date.

Over 5,500 people have already arrived here after fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Lorcan Sirr, housing lecturer at TU Dublin, thinks holiday homes should be used to house refugees. He says there are over 60,000 thousand of them across the country;

"The low hanging fruit is existing unoccupied buildings. So that could be student accommodation, it could be build-to-rent apartments that are finished, it could be institutional settings. But the really obvious one because they tend to be in good condition and occupiable straight away are holiday homes and we've got about 62-thousand of them around the country."

Minute's silence

The HSE is to hold a minute's silence in solidarity with its health care colleagues in Ukraine.

Staff, patients and visitors to health services are being asked to take part at midday tomorrow.

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