Around 900 vacant holiday homes were processed and handed over to municipalities to accommodate Ukrainian refugees.
So far, 100 refugees have been accommodated in these vacant houses after half of the more than 20,000 offers of accommodation made to the Irish Red Cross (IRC) failed.
Almost one in six (16 per cent) of the 25,200 pledges made so far in Ireland have been withdrawn, while 40 per cent of homeowners contacted by IRC were unavailable.
So far, however, 900 vacant cottages have been processed by the IRC and the Defense Forces before being handed over to city and county councils to house refugees.
Around 1,200 calls are made daily by the Defense Forces and IRC.
A senior government source said various checks must take place before the properties can be handed over to councils, which could take several days or up to two weeks.
The councils then, after completing further reviews, allocate housing deemed suitable to Ukrainian families.
Defense Forces officials are understood to be working with the IRC, with additional secondments from the NGO Pobal to speed up the process.
The state has now provided 15,000 beds for Ukrainian refugees who have entered the country via hotels and cots in municipal sports halls and centers.
A camp site with cots is due to open on Mill Street in Cork on Monday.
Sources expect people to be housed there starting next week as hotel accommodation fills up and contracts expire.
Around 23,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Ireland so far, with another 40,000 expected by the end of this month.
More hotel rooms will go online next week. In addition, the government is keen to step up efforts to set up shelters, which have been pledged by the public through the IRC portal.
IRC will be sending out an email to everyone who has pledged accommodation this weekend.
This is being done as another means of reaching the 40 percent who have not withdrawn their offer but have not yet been reached.
The door is always open for these people to come forward because “so much property is needed,” said Liam O’Dwyer, Secretary General of the IRC.
He added that while the Irish have “a great deal of benevolence and generosity”, it is common for people to make commitments but then decide not to.
“If I had been asked beforehand, I would have predicted this would happen — it’s very common,” he told the Irish Independent.
“People are so generous and want to help, but then their circumstances change or they think about it and realize it’s not the best option.”
tanaiste Leo Varadkar This week admitted housing the refugees will be “very difficult to manage” and will be the biggest refugee crisis Ireland has ever seen.
The IRC is focused on moving Ukrainian families into vacant properties, of which over 5,600 have been committed, before moving on to evaluating the 19,000 shared accommodation offers.
Mr O’Dwyer said the desperate nature of the situation meant that action was being taken on a “needs” basis.
This will result in displaced Ukrainians being housed in emergency shelters such as hotels, community centers and other makeshift facilities.
“It’s really the speed and sheer numbers,” he added.
“The government has prepared many emergency shelters such as tent villages as a precaution, as they don’t want to be caught on the run if other facilities, hotels or mortgaged shelters are unavailable.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/900-holiday-homes-made-available-for-people-fleeing-ukraine-as-half-of-accommodation-offers-fall-through-41558128.html 900 holiday homes made available for people from Ukraine, as half of the accommodation offers will be eliminated