Hotel Youghal wins 12 million euro contract to host Ukrainian refugees
A hotel in Youghal has won a contract worth more than 12 million euros to accommodate Ukrainians who arrived in Ireland after the Russian invasion earlier this year.
Owners of Dublin’s Citywest Hotel, meanwhile, have secured contracts worth just under 10 million euros as it acts as a hub for arrivals of those fleeing war.
In total, the government has concluded contracts worth €99.3 million for accommodation and ancillary services such as catering, cleaning and laundry with hotels and bed and breakfasts across the country, according to the tender documents published by the Ministry of Integration.
More than 90 such contracts have been signed as the state continues to scramble to find housing for the 32,000 arrivals from Ukraine who need it.
Thereported last week that Aviva Stadium had been used to temporarily house around 100 refugees before they were moved to other accommodation. It comes as the government has also reached out to GAA and religious organizations in a bid to secure temporary housing for Ukrainians.
The councils are also looking for properties on islands off the Irish coast to accommodate Ukrainians living in student accommodation.
Thousands of refugees are at risk of having to vacate their accommodation before the start of the next academic year, with many being told they must vacate their flats within the next two weeks.
Of the 32,000 people who have sought housing since their arrival, around 28,000 have been placed in supported accommodation and another 1,100 in emergency accommodation. It is understood that this latter form of accommodation is considered temporary, with people being moved quickly.
Citywest acted as a hub for arrivals before they moved elsewhere, and the Absorption Ministry has awarded contracts worth 2.45 million euros and 8.34 million euros since the outbreak of war.
Six locations in Cork provided accommodation and/or other services in accordance with the tender documents.
It includes Weddings by Franc Ltd (€622,440), Knockrow Trading Ltd/Munster Arms Hotel (€294,840), The Drimoleague Inn (€254,800), CRM Properties/The Dutch Tulip (€451,095) and Trabolgan Holiday Center ( €4,471,879).
The Quality Hotel in Youghal, transformed into a “care center” for Ukrainian refugees, has a contract with the State worth 12.5 million euros according to the documents.
More than three-quarters of the 43,000 refugees who have arrived in Ireland since late February have sought state accommodation. It is understood that the government has expected up to 50,000 people to arrive by the end of August.
When students return to university in the coming weeks, it will put even more pressure on the system, as many student accommodations had been used for Ukrainians over the summer.
The Home Affairs Department said that of the 4,900 student accommodation beds it has contracted across the country, including Cork, some 3,200 are currently in use.
Several thousand people also live in pledged, vacant or shared housing. The government said last week that a monthly payment of €400 for those hosting Ukrainian refugees had been opened for applications, with the first payments due on Tuesday August 9.
“Given the large and continued number of people coming here, the department is contracting all forms of accommodation, especially given the potentially large number that could arrive,” a spokesperson said.