Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine on 24 February, and the invoking of the temporary protection Directive by the European Union shortly afterwards, my Department has worked intensively as part of the cross-governmental response to the Ukraine crisis.
My Department is focused on providing short-term accommodation to people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. Some 23,000 people have been referred to my Department for accommodation to date.
As of 29 May 2022, my Department has contractual arrangements in place for approximately 17,800 beds currently in over 350 settings including in hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs, hostels, self-catering accommodation and certain other repurposed settings with additional capacity also being pursued through accommodation pledged by the general public, state-owned or private properties which may be suitable for short-term accommodation, student accommodation, accommodation belonging to voluntary bodies, religious order properties and Local Authority facilities.
As of 25 May the total invoiced expenditure of my Department on accommodation was approximately €47.3m which includes board.