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Hundreds of offers of accommodation for those fleeing persecution in the Middle East

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Hundreds of offers of accommodation for those fleeing persecution in the Middle East

Over the last month, private citizens, non-commercial organisations and church groups have pledged almost 600 offers of accommodation, services and goods to support those fleeing persecution in the Middle East.

The Irish Red Cross (IRC) said they include houses, apartments and single rooms and include top properties along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Liam O'Dwyer, secretary general of the IRC, said: "The majority seem to be for whole properties and they tend to be in counties around the coast.

"We've received pledges for around 20 holiday homes in Kerry, Wexford, Galway, Clare and Dublin."

According to the Sunday Independent, details on the size of holiday homes people are not available.

"We would gauge that they are for families, most applications are for full properties, not for sharing," said Mr O'Dwyer. "There is a lot of genuine concern among the Irish people, so far the response has been really positive," he said, adding that public offers are still welcome.

Meanwhile, counties Longford and Louth are also tipped to house the 4,000 refugees the Government has agreed to accept over the next two years.

Over the last 15 years almost 1,300 refugees - including Iraqis and Syrians - have been resettled in towns and communities throughout 21 counties nationwide.