There are 2,500 Ukrainian refugees being accommodated in county Mayo at present, according to the latest figures supplied by Mayo County Council.

Director of Services with the local authority Tom Gilligan yesterday presented a 33 page report to councillors on Housing in the county.

Despite the extent and detail of the report presented, it failed to supply any details on the number of International Protection Refugees in the county.

Castlebar based councillor Donna Sheridan asked why there were no details on the number of International Protection refugees now being accommodated in Mayo.

Mr Gilligan responded that the number is fluid and he hadn’t the detail when the report was being compiled.

However, overnight Mr Gilligan secured the number of International Protection refugees now being accommodated in the Castlebar Municipal District and that figure is 223, while the number of Ukrainian refugees in the Castlebar Municipal District is 824 people at present.

The deficit of information available to local councillors and communities on the number of refugees and asylum seekers being accommodated locally from Mayo county Council and government sources had been previously highlighted by the Fine Gael councillor as contributing to local concerns.

Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley asked councillor Sheridan if she was surprised that despite a significant report on Housing presented to councillors yesterday that the number of International Protection refugees in the county was not included...

 

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