Taoiseach says women and children will take priority when it comes to providing emergency refugee accommodation

The Taoiseach says he is currently unable to give a time line to when refugees will be arriving at the Abbey Manor Hotel in Dromahair.


It was expected that refugees would be in the facility by December however planning concerns has resulted in a delay to the former hotel opening its doors to those fleeing the war torn country.


It’s feared now that refugees will end up sleeping on streets as accommodation runs out across the country.


Speaking yesterday in Leitrim village the Taoiseach explained to Ocean FM news that the level of available accommodation is changing on a daily basis.


He also moved to ease any fears that exists around the garda vetting of refugees arriving here and suggested that women and children would take priority when it comes to being allocated available accommodation.


The Cabinet are to finalise plans this morning to cut social welfare benefits for Ukrainian refugees.

Those travelling from the war torn country will see their weekly payments cut by over 80 per cent, and access to State accommodation limited.


A late meeting of the Cabinet subcommittee last night signed off on the plans which will also put a time limit on housing for Ukrainian refugees.

The changes, expected to be approved today, will limit state accommodation for new arrivals from Ukraine to 90 days.

While in state-supported housing, they will be given a weekly payment of €38.80 as opposed to be being able to claim €220 in jobseekers’ allowance, which Ukrainians who are currently living here are entitled to.