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No vacancies: refugees need accommodation, but tourism industry concerned at the cost

With 32 per cent of tourist beds outside the capital being used to house migrants, businesses dependent on tourism revenue are under threat – and the government now faces a difficult choice

Ukrainians arriving in Poland: the Irish government has to balance providing hotel refugee accommodation with tourism demands. Picture: Getty

There is a single public bus which serves the 800 people living on the Rosses Point peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way. But this scenic area in Co Sligo is now hosting around 800 Ukrainian refugees, including 400 in the Yeats Country Hotel and 320 in Cregg House, a former centre for people with intellectual disabilities.

These refugees need to use the hourly Bus Eireann S2 service to travel from Rosses Point to Sligo town. ...