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GAA Clubs Asked To Shelter Ukrainian refugees

Fiona Cooney
Fiona Cooney

05:39 31 Jul 2022

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The Department of Sport has asked sporting bodies to house Ukrainian refugees on a temporary basis.

The government has come under increasing pressure as around 3,500 refugees housed in student accommodation will have to move elsewhere in the coming weeks as the new academic year begins.

The GAA has passed on the message to club and county boards, hoping someone will have the facilities to accommodate some refugees come September.

Around 5,000 units will revert to housing students.

Cork County Council has made efforts to help house Ukrainians by surveying property on Cape Clear Island, hoping it can be of use.

County Mayor Danny Collins has said this is a good idea which will hopefully ease the strain on college accommodation.

"A lot of these students are starting their first year in college and I know situations where they're finding it very hard to find accommodation", he said.

"The government has been working very slowly on these issues and I think they'll have to just speed up now because we're only three to five weeks away from colleges reopening again."

"This is one way out of the situation at least."


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