More than 1,200 Ukrainian refugees in emergency beds in community centers and sports halls


OVER 1,200 refugees from Ukraine be housed in makeshift emergency beds in community centers and sports halls, the cabinet later announced.

New figures show that despite a drop in arrivals in Ireland in recent days and over the Easter weekend, there is now an acute shortage of accommodation.

Some refugees are expected to be housed at Millstreet Arena in Cork later on Wednesday and another facility will soon be set up at Gormanston Camp in Meath.

However, around 1,271 refugees who have arrived in recent days are already being accommodated in makeshift emergency beds in community and sports halls across the country, according to the latest figures compiled by the Department for Children and Equality.

Of the 24,438 new arrivals from Ukraine in Ireland since the Russian invasion began in late February, some 16,128 have applied for housing from the state.

The ministry has sourced around 10,500 hotel rooms in recent weeks, but housing shortages are now forcing the state to use “dormitory-style accommodation,” including camp beds set up in community halls and gymnasiums.

All who have promised vacant accommodation through the Irish Red Cross have now been contacted and Cabinet will be informed at a later date.

Ministers are told that around 650 beds have been handed over to local authorities and other partners involved in hosting refugees for allocation, with around 150 to 200 people already being accommodated in promised shelters.

The latest figures from the Department of Justice show 200 refugees arrived via Irish ports and airports on Monday, while that figure fell to 137 on Tuesday.

Some 2,418 people arrived in the week ended last Sunday, a significant drop from the previous week’s 3,456, which was itself a drop from the previous week’s 4,216.

Ministers are told that while the number of arrivals has fallen over Easter week, it is expected to rise again after the holiday. More than 1,200 Ukrainian refugees in emergency beds in community centers and sports halls

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