Vacant buildings being reviewed for Ukrainian refugees

DONEGAL County Council is currently reviewing its stock of vacant buildings to determine if they can be used to accommodate Ukrainian refugees.

Every Local Authority was asked to submit a list of possible accommodation by mid-March.



In a letter from the Department of Housing, Councils were asked to find vacant buildings within 3km of towns which are configured for multi-occupany use or could be repurposed. These buildings could be privately-owned or owned by the HSE, Department of Defense, education sector or other departments or state bodies.

Responding to a query from the Donegal News a spokesperson for Donegal County Council said works are being carried out to suitable accommodation and that this is a work in progress.

“In mid March 2022, Donegal Co. Council submitted to the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage, a list of larger vacant buildings in the County that may be suitable to be repurposed for emergency accommodation,” said the spokesperson.

“This overall list is being reviewed with a view to identifying a number of these properties that might be suitable for accommodation, subject to the agreement of the owners, and works being carried out, etc. This is currently a work in progress. At this time, the Council is not in a position to identify the locations involved.”

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