Numerous criticisms have been directed at the Irish government due to insufficient planning and coordination between departments to provide accommodation for Ukrainian refugees.
Local media, the Irishexaminer, also said that members of the opposition had blamed the government for the issue, claiming that most of the responsibility has been placed on the Irish Minister for Children, Roderic O’Gorman, instead of it being distributed between departments, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
In this regard, Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on Health, David Cullinane, has suggested that now is the time for holiday homes and large vacant buildings that are owned by The Health Service Executive (HSE) bodies to be used.
He also believes that there is a marked lack of planning and coordination between different departments within the government.
“I think the heavy lifting has been done by the Department of Children. We have a housing crisis for those fleeing war at the moment, but also domestically. And we had a Minister for Housing this week who said he doesn’t believe that there is a housing emergency. It’s a catastrophe,” he pointed out in this regard.
Commenting on this situation, the Co-Chair of the Social Democrats, Catherine Murphy, also said that the Children’s Department is the main one tackling the problem.
In addition, she added that the crisis of shelters has yet to start to be noticed now because this problem has actually started much earlier. She adds that the problem has specially developed in these last two years, and it must be solved as quickly since it requires an urgent solution.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jack Chambers said the Department of Health, Housing and Social Protection and the Office of Public Works (OPW) are working with the Department for Children to support Ukrainian refugees.
“There’s been an emergency response to a wartime situation, and Ireland has played its role in responding to Putin’s war and providing a humanitarian response,” he noted.
As Chambers explains, the houses that are being built rapidly are now being added to the list of available housing, and at the same time, a new portal is being created for people who want to take refugees from Ukraine and house them in their own apartments and homes.
According to him, the above-mentioned Irish agencies have provided emergency accommodation for the vast majority of Ukrainians who have arrived in Ireland and humanitarian and other response services for people, which is very visible.
Moreover, he also highlighted that all the Ukrainian women who have come to Ireland had accepted the very welcome and respectful response from many of the country’s agencies.
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