Croke Park handball centre and Cork’s Pairc Uí Chaoimh could shelter Ukrainian refugees

GAA is in discussions with the Department of Children over using the venues but says options for accommodating refugees are ‘extremely limited’

Pairc Uí Chaoimh: the 45,000 Cork stadium is under discussion as a possible source of emergency accommodation for Ukrainian refugees. Picture: Getty

The government is in discussions with the GAA about using Croke Park’s National Handball Stadium, as well as Pairc Uí Chaoimh in Cork, to temporarily house Ukrainian refugees amid an ongoing supply shortage, the Business Post understands.

The two venues could be pressed into service as emergency accommodation in the coming weeks as concerns grow over where the government will house the thousands of refugees currently staying in student accommodation when colleges return in September.