Up to 900 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Wicklow through official channels

Up to 900 Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war inflicted upon them by Russia have arrived in Wicklow, according to Wicklow County Council.

At the latest meeting of the council, its Chief Executive Brian Gleeson told the elected members that up to 900 had arrived, but this figure does not take into account individuals or families who made their own way to Ireland.

Mr Gleeson said the refugees are currently being accommodated in hotels, B&Bs and the Ukraine Centre in Arklow.

Wicklow County Council previously put out a call seeking those within the county boundary who may have vacant property to make contact with them.

“Vacant properties are urgently required and can include privately owned, publicly owned, commercial and community facilities,” said a spokesperson a the time.

The meeting also heard from Fianna Fáil Councillor Tommy Annesley who revealed he has welcomed a Ukrainian family into his own home.

“I took in a family myself and it’s wonderful to see the smiles on the two girls faces when they do something like go to the beach,” said Cllr Annseley.

“Their mum says they will be going home whenever they can, but we need to look out for them while they are here.”

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