The old central terminal building at Dublin Airport is being used to support Ukrainian refugees after the state ran out of shelters.
The DAA said it made the unused terminal available to the Ministry of Children, Equality, Disability, Inclusion and Youth for Ukrainians to help address the shortage.
Due to the overcrowding of the transit center at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, Ukrainian newcomers who have no alternative accommodation are asked to stay overnight at the Dublin Airport terminal.
A spokesman for the Airport Authority said: “DAA has made Dublin Airport’s old central terminal building available to the Department for Children to facilitate the arrival of Ukrainian nationals in Ireland.
“All services offered within the building are managed by the department.”
The ministry said Ukrainians arriving in Ireland were their top priority but given the lack of available accommodation it was an obvious struggle.
“Ensuring the safety, health and security of people fleeing Ukraine has been and continues to be one of the government’s top priorities since the Russian attack began in February.
“Most of the people arriving in Ireland are women and children,” said a ministry spokesman.
“Participating in this effort included all relevant government departments and agencies, local authorities, the Defense Forces and government agencies such as Tusla and the HSE.”
Asylum seekers from other countries also continue to seek refuge in Ireland through the International Protection Service.
“In recent weeks there has been a very large increase in the number of people seeking access to the International Protection Service (IPS) and this is leading to a serious shortage of available accommodation for both people arriving from Ukraine and people who apply for international protection.
“This is also causing congestion at the Citywest Transit Hub.”
Taoiseach Micheál Martin will hold talks with ministers today to discuss alternative housing options.
The department said: “Incoming arrivals will stay at Dublin Airport overnight if they have no alternative source of accommodation.
“The government is working hard to introduce alternative regulations with immediate effect.
“The Taoiseach is meeting with the relevant ministers today [Thursday] to discuss the situation and review current policies and processes.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/old-central-terminal-building-at-dublin-airport-being-used-for-ukrainian-refugees-41839394.html Old central terminal building at Dublin Airport used for Ukrainian refugees