New plan to fast-track modular homes for Ukrainian refugees

Department of Integration planning to house thousands in privately built units in an effort to avert looming accommodation crisis

Roderic O’Gorman, minister for integration, to update Cabinet on Tuesday on emergency facing government over accommodation for international protection applicants. Picture:

The government is planning to house thousands of Ukrainian refugees in privately built modular homes in a bid to avert a looming accommodation crisis for those fleeing war, the Business Post can reveal.

Officials in Roderic O’Gorman’s Department of Integration have begun gauging interest among private developers to build a slew of modular homes across the country, in the first significant step towards moving the refugees out of hotels and B&Bs into longer-term accommodation.

The department confirmed to the Business Post that it was now seeking expressions of interest from the private sector to build units that could accommodate up to 200 people as pressure on the state’s accommodation reaches crisis point.