Expert groups warn Taoiseach state’s Ukraine refugee plan contradicts vow to scrap direct provision

Leading NGOs told Martin that Ireland was relying too heavily on hospitality sector to accommodate Ukrainian refugees, and said public support was at risk of ‘wearing thin’

Ukrainian refugees pictured at a peaceful march in Dublin last month. Picture:

Leading migrants rights groups have directly warned the Taoiseach that Ireland’s reliance on the hospitality sector to house Ukrainian refugees could result in a “wholesale expansion” of direct provision – a system the government has promised to abolish.

A group of more than 60 NGOs wrote to Micheál Martin last week telling him they are “deeply concerned” about Ireland’s approach to dealing with the influx of refugees fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In a letter seen by the Business Post, the organisations – writing under the aegis of the Ukraine Civil Society Forum – said the public’s acceptance of the government’s response was “wearing thin” as goodwill in some communities “slips”.