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No ‘surplus’ HSE buildings used to accommodate Ukrainian refugees

By David Lynch - 16th Dec 2022

Dr Steevens' Hospital

No buildings identified “as surplus to the needs of the HSE” have been used to accommodate Ukrainian refugees as of the beginning of December, the Medical Independent (MI) has learned. 

At the HSE audit and risk committee meeting in September, a discussion took place “in relation to HSE vacant facilities”. 

Committee members were advised that a database was previously shared with the Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage, “with regard to the Ukraine refugees.”

“The HSE was asked to undertake a review of vacant properties within its portfolio to determine suitable options for use as accommodation to house Ukrainian nationals arriving in Ireland, in the short- or medium- to longer-term,” a HSE spokesperson told MI. “Following a review of the property portfolio, a list of properties was provided to the Department of Health. This information has also been conveyed to the Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage, and is under consideration.” 

The spokesperson added that the HSE “is continuing to assist central Government as required in the process of assessment of properties”. 

“The HSE can confirm that none of the buildings identified as surplus to the needs of the HSE have been used to accommodate Ukraine nationals fleeing the conflict in that country.”

It is expected that the number of Ukrainian refugees in Ireland will exceed 70,000 by the end of 2022. Data released in November showed that 62,425 personal public service numbers had been issued to Ukrainian refugees.

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