Just six pledges of accommodation have been accepted by Ukrainian refugees in Cavan and in Monaghan despite 200 being offered in Cavan and 152 in Monaghan. A total of 10,485 properties were initially notified to local authorities across the country when refugees began to arrive earlier this year.
However, Minister Roderic O’Gorman told the Dail this week that out of a final total of 5,108 pledges nationally, 1,680 have been taken up by beneficiaries with the remainder still being progressed. Not all of those remaining pledges will result in beneficiary placement for various reasons.
The Minister added there are over 4,500 beneficiaries in pledged accommodation to date and this increases every day. Meanwhile, the Red Cross has demanded immediate access to all prisoners of war in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine - following criticism from Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The President claimed the organisation wasn't doing enough to help soldiers held in what he called a "concentration camp" in the eastern city of Olenivka. Britain's Ministry of Defence says Moscow's made tactical advances in the Donetsk region, despite reports war supplies are dwindling.