Irish sports urged to host Ukrainian refugees

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The Republic of Ireland’s Department of Sport has confirmed that it has contacted a number of sporting bodies to see if there is accommodation available for Ukrainian refugees at their venues.

He said he was asked by the Department for Children to contact the GAA, IRFU and Sport Ireland about finding short-term accommodation, following a report in the Business Post, according to RTÉ .

The Irish government is under increasing pressure to provide housing for Ukrainian refugees.

About 3,500 Ukrainian refugees living in student accommodation will have to move in the coming weeks as students return to university.

Over 43,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in the Republic of Ireland and it is expected that there could be around 50,000 by mid-August.

Speaking to RTÉ, the chief executive of the Nasc Migrant and Refugee Rights Center said accommodating people in sports venues not designed for accommodation should be a “last resort”.

Fiona Hurley said the majority of people fleeing war were mainly women, children and vulnerable adults and it was difficult to ensure proper safeguarding procedures in places like these.

Earlier this month, a number of Ukrainian refugees had been housed at the Aviva stadium in Dublin, but have since been moved to other accommodation.

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