“Some kind of stipend is the way to go” – says the Irish Refugee Council on paying families hosting Ukrainians


The chief executive of the Irish Refugee Council said it was “crucial” that households hosting Ukrainian refugees receive financial help quickly.

Ick Henderson said giving hosts a regular payment was “the right thing to do” to ease the financial pressure.

“We called for this two weeks ago in our paper on housing recommendations for Ukrainian refugees. In our experience, people who promise shelter do so out of goodwill and a desire to contribute to a national response in support of Ukrainian refugees,” he said.

“But people don’t do it for financial reasons, given the cost of living and given that there might be one, two or more people staying in the family home, or if it’s private door accommodation being owned by the owner for someone else purpose could be used.”

“Some kind of grant is a good thing, it’s the right thing to do, we would say it should be done in parallel with various other actions to get shelters up and running.”

Mr Henderson said it was “crucial” that this was implemented quickly and more accommodation made available.

“Critical to that we would say is that it gets implemented quickly because we all know it’s pretty obvious people have moved into cot style accommodation in Millstreet this week we need to get more accommodation up and running” , he told RTÉ’s Drivetime.

“We are at a tipping point and need to shift gears, keep the emergency response going, but also start now to take medium to longer term responses that will get us into the summer and into the fall.”

The Irish Independent revealed today that households could be paid up to €400 a month to take in Ukrainian refugees under proposals under government consideration.

The Department of Social Protection and the Treasury Department have been asked to draw up plans for paying households hosting refugees, but officials are still working out the exact details of how much they will be paid and which households will be eligible.

A formal government decision is expected within the next two weeks and possibly as early as next week. The amount could be as much as €400 a month, senior government officials said.

Mr Henderson said he felt the war in Ukraine would continue for “some time”.

“It may sound corny, but I think the only person who would really address it is Putin himself and how this war is going. It seems the offensive is shifting east, which means people will keep pulling out,” he said.

“I think it will continue for some time, but I think it’s important to note that we can do this, Ireland can meet this challenge with leadership, with a plan, and that’s what we brought to the attention of the Taoiseach today.” “Some kind of stipend is the way to go” – says the Irish Refugee Council on paying families hosting Ukrainians

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