Clare-Based Ukrainian Woman Calls For Standards For Housing Refugees To Be Lowered

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A Ukrainian woman living in Clare is calling for the standards required for offering accommodation to people fleeing the war torn country to be reviewed.

It comes as a secret memo to cabinet has warned that Ireland will run out of accommodation for Ukrainian refugees by the end of this month.


Cabinet Ministers have been informed that the state could run out of beds by Easter, if the country accepts 900 refugees every day for the next ten days.

Up to 32,000 Ukrainian refugees are expected here by the Easter weekend, and less than half of the accommodation offered by the public so far is deemed suitable.

The Irish Refugee Council’s produced a policy paper suggesting that holiday home owners should be encouraged to offer their properties to house Ukrainian refugees.

They say it would be a “disaster” if Ireland housed Ukrainian refugees in tents or warehouses.

Its Chief Executive, Nick Henderson says Ireland needs to keep up its efforts to support those fleeing war.

A Ukrainian woman living in Ennis for over a decade says it was clear from the beginning that this was coming as millions of people are fleeing the country and have to go somewhere.

Mariya Nikashanova believes it’s ok to lower standards to ensure short-term protection for her people here.