Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 2 June 2022
Public Accounts Committee
2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 40 - Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
Mr. Kevin McCarthy:
Earlier I mentioned the figures as of 31 May, the day before yesterday. I have not seen the updated figures for yesterday yet. At that point, of the 33,000 or so Ukrainians who have arrived here, almost 24,000 have sought accommodation and have been provided with accommodation through our services. That has been an enormous effort, as the Deputy can imagine, in terms of working directly through various contacts to identify potential accommodation sources right around the country, working the phones, and trying to identify and bring on stream accommodation where we can as quickly as we can within pricing guidelines to ensure value for money considerations are met.
The local authorities have worked very well with us in identifying and sourcing accommodation that would not have been on our radar within their local areas. The Deputy is right. It is becoming increasingly difficult to bring new places on stream. At the moment we have some additional capacity coming on stream through student accommodation which is being vacated over the summer period. That will give us about 4,000 places, but obviously that will have to be vacated at the end of the summer.