Forget about the 13,000 homeless Irish, “We mightn’t be able to house incoming Ukrainians”, says Govt – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Forget about the 13,000 homeless Irish, “We mightn’t be able to house incoming Ukrainians”, says Govt




The government has acknowledged that it may not be able to accommodate all asylum seekers arriving in Ireland, reports RTE.

Integration Minister Roderick O’Gorman is working to find new centres and new housing, the Dáil has been told.

The ruling comes as the Cabinet was told yesterday that the country’s acute shortage of accommodation for asylum seekers must be addressed by the end of the week, reports RTE.

Addressing Leaders’ Questions, Justice Minister Helen McEntee said: “That includes tented accommodation, that is not what we would want but it is better to have a roof over people’s heads,” reports RTE.

However, Minister McEntee added: “There will be mitigation measures put in place if the Department is unable to provide accommodation for anyone,” reports RTE.

Ms McEntee said there was real pressure on accommodation and 10,000 people had sought international protection in the past 11 months.

Minister McEntee said they were “very people” that “thugs and scumbags” tried to intimidate during last Thursday’s riots.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Michael McGrath said “we are in a very serious situation and could, potentially within days run out of accommodation options” for asylum seekers in Ireland, reports RTE.

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