National Indoor Arena opens door to help refugee shelters

The National Indoor Arena in Dublin is being used to help with the ongoing refugee housing crisis.

In response to a government request, Sport Ireland said the facility will be made available for a period of up to six weeks as part of the contingency initiative.

The organization acknowledged that this will have a temporary impact on regular users of the arena but said “it is grateful for the support the wider sporting community has shown in making all refugees feel welcome in Ireland”.

chief executive dr Una May said: “Sport Ireland is delighted to be able to respond positively to the Government’s request to make the National Indoor Athletics Training Center available to support ongoing refugee housing challenges.

“This emergency initiative will be in place for a period of up to six weeks to allow the relevant authorities to provide more permanent shelters to the refugees. After that, the arena will be available for the start of the indoor athletics season.

“Sport has been a welcome lifeline for many refugees arriving in Ireland in recent months and the broader sport sector is to be commended in that regard. Sport Ireland Facilities offers refugees the use of the facilities on the Sport Ireland campus for the duration of their stay.

“Sport Ireland would like to thank the customers of the National Indoor Athletics Training Center for their patience and understanding on this matter.”

The state-owned indoor riding arena is managed and operated by subsidiary Sport Ireland Facilities DAC and has permanent shower and leisure facilities.

Sport Ireland has confirmed that all affected customers have been contacted. National Indoor Arena opens door to help refugee shelters

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