Carlow Nationalist – Red Cross to contact families who have applied to house Ukrainians

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Families who have pledged vacant accommodation for Ukrainian refugees in Ireland will be contacted by the Irish Red Cross from Monday.

Nearly 20,000 pledges of accommodation for refugees have been received.

Three new centers are being opened here to support Ukrainian families who fled the Russian invasion.

The centres, located in the cities of Dublin, Cork and Limerick, will help them obtain PPS numbers, access income support and other state services.

Talk to NewstalkIrish Red Cross Secretary General Liam O’Dwyer said the response from governments so far has been strong:

“I think the new hub at Dublin Airport is working extremely well, and that means arriving refugees are properly received and given all their rights there.

“I think the government realizes that at the other two airports and ports more is needed.”

Mr O’Dwyer said the number of people who have pledged to help is ‘astonishing’ and that from Monday, with the help of the Defense Force, they will be contacting 4,000 people who have applied to house Ukrainian refugees.

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