Monday 26 September 2016

Refugee crisis: Red Cross to start contacting Irish public who offered accommodation

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 15/09/2015 | 20:28

Hundreds turned out on Sandymount Strand in Dublin to send a strong message to the Government that people in Ireland want to extend the welcome to refugees. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Hundreds turned out on Sandymount Strand in Dublin to send a strong message to the Government that people in Ireland want to extend the welcome to refugees. Photo: Fergal Phillips

The Irish Red Cross will this week start the process of contacting individuals who have offered up accommodation to assist in the refugee crisis.

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 The Governments’ taskforce on refugees today agreed that the charity will take the lead role in “assessing and coordinating offers of public support and assistance”.

“The Red Cross will be communicating with people who have offered support in the coming days and has commenced the profiling of offers of support and accommodation,” the Department of Justice said last night.

 The taskforce, chaired by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, agreed the precise roles set to be played by State agencies.

 The Department of the Environment is due to take responsibility for the necessary work on providing accommodation for persons granted refugee status. This will be done in conjunction with City and County managers.

 The Department of Justice will take charge of relocating persons to Ireland – most of whom have been displaced from their homes in the Middle East.

 The Department of Foreign Affairs will liaise with the relevant NGOs.  Other departments such as Health, Education, and Social Protection will also provide services.

“There was a very positive and constructive discussion on the roles and responsibilities of each organisation, with all expressing their willingness to engage fully in what it needs to be done to implement the Government decision to establish the Irish Refugee Protection Programme.”

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