Taoiseach Confirms Gormanston Camp Will Host Refugees As Country At Bursting Point

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A tented village at Gormanston Army Camp in Co. Meath will begin to accommodate new arrivals fleeing the war in Ukraine and asylum seekers from elsewhere on Monday, the Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed.

State-provided accommodation is now at capacity so 250 people are reportedly staying at the old terminal building at Dublin airport – with around150 women and children fleeing their war-torn homeland amid Russia’s endless assault.

Micheál Martin said around 30,000 refugess have been offered accommodation from a figure of 41,000 which is what is said to have arrived here since the war began in February.

With the CityWest Transit Hub facility full, the Department of Children last night said that anyone arriving into the country would have to stay at Dublin Airport if they did not have somewhere to stay.

The Taoiseach has met ministers on Thursday to discuss the shortage of accommodation for Ukrainians and others seeking protection in Ireland. The Citywest hotel is accommodating 1,050 refugees and is at full capacity.