32,000 refugees could arrive here by Easter amid fears up to 60 per cent of properties mortgaged by the public are unsuitable

Up to 60% of the publicly promised housing offers for Ukrainian refugees may not be used.

Here 20,719 offers were made to the Irish Red Cross which are currently being examined.

However, the Cabinet has been told that between 50 and 60 per cent of properties mortgaged by the public are likely to be unfit for use.

It comes as ministers were told that 32,000 Ukrainian refugees could have arrived in Ireland by Easter. The latest estimates, presented to ministers yesterday, say the number of arrivals could be between 26,000 and 32,000 by the weekend after next.

Ministers have been told the main challenge remains restricting the provision of suitable accommodation for arrivals.

A Government spokesman said Cork’s Millstreet Arena, which can seat up to 400 refugees, will be available from April 18, with a further 320 seats at Gormanston Camp.

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To date, more than 18,600 refugees have arrived in Ireland, two thirds of them women, one third men and around one third of all arriving children. The seven-day average of arrivals is 580 people per day, with the proportion of people looking for housing rising to 81%.

According to the latest estimates, the cost for each cohort of 10,000 refugees is about 500 million euros per year if all arrivals require emergency hotel accommodation. The additional financing needs will be covered by the remaining €2.5 billion of the Covid emergency fund.

The Children’s Department manages admissions through short-term hotel and other accommodation.

Cabinet has been told that nearly 10,000 beds in hotels and guesthouses have been sourced and there are 1,800 beds from local authorities that could also be made available.

Housing Secretary Darragh O’Brien will hold an emergency summit next week with key stakeholders from the construction industry, estate agents and other bodies to discuss the response

Meanwhile, the cabinet has been told that the government has provided €150,000 to the International Criminal Court prosecutor’s office, which investigates Russia’s alleged war crimes Ukraine.

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