The refugees, who are said to be made up primarily of women and children, are expected to arrive on November 20th, and will stay at the Glendalough Estate for several weeks.
Up to 950 Ukrainian refugees, all of them Beneficaries of Temporary Protection (BOTPs), will take up residency at Glengalough Estate for several weeks as they are prepared to integrate into Irish society. The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth will be overseeing and managing their arrival, while support services will prepare them for life in Ireland.
The contract for use of the venue is for seven months.
Residents will stay in the estate for up to two weeks before being moved to more suitable accommodation, and due to this short timeframe, children staying there will not need to attend the local schools.
The plan was immediately met with criticism following its announcement on Monday, with many calling out the lack of consultation as well as the location’s distance from local amenities, with the nearest shops being found in Laragh and Roundwood.
Cllr. Shay Cullen raised concerns over the lack of communication regarding the move, telling East Coast FM: “This is about the sheer volume of people that we’re looking at and the lack of communication. There has been absolutely no communicaiton whatsoever with communities, community representatives, or public representatives.”