Work to set up a temporary refugee shelter at Dublin Airport is underway as the state’s capacity is under pressure

Work is underway to set up a temporary accommodation facility for asylum seekers at Dublin Airport.

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Inclusion and Youth (DCEDIY) has confirmed that it is working with the airport authority, the DAA, and the accommodation facility is expected to be ready by next week.

It comes as asylum seekers landing on Irish shores this weekend face uncertainty over whether they will be able to get a roof over their heads.

“At the moment it is not to be expected that anyone will have to stay at the airport over the weekend. DCEDIY is currently working with DAA to set up a temporary facility. This is expected to be available early next week,” a department spokesman said.

A Justice Department spokesman said it was “difficult to predict with any certainty” how many people might arrive in Ireland this weekend.

However, they confirmed that 1,324 people from Ukraine were “granted temporary protection” in the seven days to October 20.

According to DCEDIY, access to “suitable housing is severely restricted” and current forecasts point to a shortage of “15,000 beds by December” as the number of incoming Ukrainians and applicants for international protection is expected to remain at “elevated levels”.

The department said all “vulnerable applicants”, including women and children, arriving in Ireland in the coming days will be transferred to “any suitable accommodation available” and if suitable accommodation is not available they will be “taken to Citywest, to await the availability of suitable accommodation”.

The department announced Thursday that the Citywest facility has reached capacity and that it has placed a pause on new “transit hub arrivals until the number can reduce.”

It says those who cannot be accommodated are referred to services that “provide meals”.

“If suitable accommodation is not available, the applicant will be informed, their contact details will be taken and they will be asked to present themselves again or to keep in touch with IPAS (International Protection Accommodation Services) if accommodation becomes available,” the spokesperson added .

“In the event that enough beds become available, DCEDIY will contact the applicants who have not been accommodated. Those who are not offered accommodation are referred to services that are available to provide meals. Other emergency support is also being considered.”

In their speeches yesterday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Equality and Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman admitted that the state can no longer accept all the asylum seekers arriving here.

Mr O’Gorman confirmed that there are currently 300 asylum seekers living in tents across the country.

The minister said he could not “rule out” that some people might be sleeping on the streets due to a lack of shelter.

More than 55,000 Ukrainian refugees and a further 9,000 people seeking international protection have arrived in Ireland so far this year.

Nick Henderson, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, said: “This situation has been predicted by government and civil society organizations for some time. We have supported many homeless people in the last few weeks.

“We call on all government agencies to use their powers and resources to ensure that people’s basic needs, including housing, are met and to ensure that Ireland’s legal obligations are met.” Work to set up a temporary refugee shelter at Dublin Airport is underway as the state’s capacity is under pressure

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