State spent €855m housing asylum seekers and Ukrainians in first nine months of 2023

The figure shows the scale of the challenge it faces in accommodating those seeking protection in Ireland

Travelodge topped the list at €85m in payments from the Department of Integration

The state spent €855 million on housing asylum seekers and Ukrainians in the first nine months of 2023, more than its total outlay in all of 2022, a Business Post analysis has found.

New data released by the Department of Integration on accommodation and services fees means the state’s total outlay since the beginning of 2021 has now exceeded €2.3 billion.

The quarterly figures suggest that the department’s spending on accommodation levelled off in the ...