The Taoiseach has acknowledged that it is “very traumatic” when Ukrainian refugees are moved to alternative accommodation at short notice.
Leo Varadkar said people should be notified as early as possible if they need to be relocated.
His comments come after it was revealed that Ukrainian families living in a hotel in Dundalk, Co Louth, were given 48 hours notice that they were to be moved to alternative accommodation in Limerick and Kerry.
On his first day as the Taoiseach, Mr Varadkar attended a Christmas dinner for around 100 Ukrainian men, women and children organized by the Irish Red Cross and promoter Harry Crosbie on Vicar Street, Dublin.
A group of children sang songs in Ukrainian, supported by Santa Claus.
Mr Varadkar said that Christmas is a wonderful time for most people but can be a very difficult time for some people. “I am thinking very much of the Ukrainians who have come to Ireland this year, especially the Ukrainian children for whom this will be their first Christmas away from home,” he said.
The Fine Gael leader said he believes many of the Ukrainians who have fled their country since the war broke out will remain in Ireland long-term.
“It’s becoming increasingly obvious to people that this war could go on for some time… Many of the Ukrainians who came here are likely to stay here,” Mr Varadkar said, adding that the government will start making plans for longer-term plans make accommodation.
When asked what he would do to help refugees who are being asked to move at short notice, he said he would look into the matter.
“I think when people need to move, which is sometimes the case, it’s important to let them know as early as possible because especially when families and children have to move schools it can be very traumatic so I will inquire,” he said.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/taoiseach-leo-varadkar-acknowledges-moving-ukrainian-refugees-at-short-notice-is-very-traumatic-42228897.html Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admits that the short-term transfer of Ukrainian refugees is “very traumatic”.