Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O'Gorman has brought a memo to the government providing an update on the final terms of a licence agreement for the use of the Citywest Hotel and Conference Centre in Co. Dublin to assist in the whole of government response to the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis, according to a statement published on Gov.ie.
According to the statement published on Gov.ie, the government approved the decision to enter into a two year lease for both the use of all 764 rooms in the hotel as well as the use of the convention centre as a transit hub, and the Convention Centre at Citywest is now being used as the central processing and transit hub for Dublin Airport and Dublin port arrivals for those fleeing the conflict in the Ukraine, and the Department of Justice and the Department of Social Protection have also moved their airport operation to the transit hub.
The statement published on Gov.ie added that the centre operates on a 24/7 basis and a number of other organisations are present onsite including Better Start, the HSE, the International Organisation for Migration and the South Dublin Volunteer Centre, and this means that all necessary immediate supports are now co-located in Citywest, including an overnight rest area to make the initial arrival more comfortable for people fleeing from Ukraine.
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