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Some hotels housing Ukrainians could return to public use, claims Harris




According to the Taoiseach, dozens of hotels that are now hosting Ukrainians may reopen into business in the summer, reports RTE.

The Department of Integration has decided not to renew contracts with up to 68 hotels in the upcoming months.

During the unveiling of Fine Gael’s manifestos for the local and European Parliament elections, Simon Harris stated that there is a notable decrease in the population of Ukrainians living in state housing.

The Taoiseach said that this was quite exciting as it may mean that villages and towns will be able to reclaim their hotels, reports RTE.

In the local elections, Fine Gael is fielding 349 candidates; in the European elections, they have five.

All candidates, the Taoiseach said, should leave everything on the field. He also said that Fine Gael should look up and canvass an increasing number of housing developments rather than down at their shoes.

In addition, he promised to strengthen disability services and to step up efforts by the government to stop investor money from purchasing properties in bulk, reports RTE.

Paschal Donohoe, the Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform, stated that the government will consider its options regarding the closing of some refugee shelter facilities for Ukrainians.

“We have said we will look at a number of different options in relation to that accommodation. Some of the accommodation will need to be kept, some of it will need to be repurposed, and some of it will be moved back to the purpose for which it originally was intended, in some cases, that will be tourism,” reports RTE.

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