Wednesday, 2 March 2022
Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
Firstly, I would like to assure you that I am deeply concerned by the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine.
We are monitoring the situation closely and my Department has begun planning to enable a quick and effective response to support Ukrainian nationals who come to Ireland seeking international protection.
I will liaise with the Cabinet and my EU colleagues to ensure an effective humanitarian response. My Department will work closely with key stakeholders, the European Commission, other EU Agencies and Member States in order to be prepared for a sudden increase in individuals seeking international protection in the EU and to support the EU's coordination approach in this regard.
I can confirm that accommodation will be made available by the International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) to those Ukrainian nationals who seek international protection in Ireland should they require it.
As the Deputy will be aware, it is not possible to estimate the number of Ukrainians likely to come to Ireland as the situation remains so volatile.
Ireland will not be found wanting in offering citizens of Ukraine the humanitarian support they will need at this devastating time.