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Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

Anger in Tipperary over lack of consultation as Dundrum House Hotel has to house 80 Ukrainian refugees

By Vaseline May31,2024

Up to 80 applicants for international protection are expected to arrive at Dundrum House Hotel in the coming days, Cllr Declan Burgess said.

A Tipperary councilor has commented that he believes there has been a lack of consultation surrounding the arrival of up to 80 applicants for international protection at the Dundrum House Hotel in the coming days.

“I was made aware of rumors circulating about applicants for international protection coming to Dundrum House Hotel,” said Cathaoirleach of Tipperary Cahir Cashel Municipal District, FG Cllr Declan Burgess.

“I immediately started an investigation to see what exactly was going on. I am so angry and irritated that no information has been received from Minister Roderic O’Gorman regarding this proposed new IPAS accommodation.

“The community of Dundrum has warmly welcomed hundreds of Ukrainian refugees to its area and cared for them exceptionally well.

“I have heard that 80 refugees are expected to arrive in Dundrum in the coming days,” he said.

“The lack of clarity and communication is again very worrying. The Minister and this Department have clearly learned nothing from the Cashel issue or from others across the country. Tipperary County Council and the public deserve basic communication.

“Once again I am so disappointed and angry at Minister O’Gorman’s zero respect. I call on the six Oireachtas members serving in Tipperary to act on the powers available to them and ensure we have accurate and fair information immediately.

“Minister Roderic O’Gorman has failed miserably to provide any level of consultation with local government and elected officials. This is not acceptable and I do not support this type of approach,” said Cllr Burgess.

The Ministry of Integration has confirmed that Dundrum House has been designated as a center for housing applicants for international protection.

“Ireland is currently experiencing an acute shortage of housing for people seeking international protection,” a spokesperson said. “As vacancies arise in existing premises used for people fleeing the war in Ukraine, the ministry, to which the provider agrees, uses these spaces.

“A number of such moves are planned, including the Dundrum House Hotel. Eighty beds have been identified for use and the total capacity of this property remains the same.”

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