Call for registration portal for people who wish to open their homes to Ukrainian refugees

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Ciarán Cannon TD has called for a registration portal for Irish people who want to open their homes to Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war.

The Galway East TD, who opened up his Galway home to Afghan refugees last year, said he has been contacted by families across Ireland looking to shelter Ukrainian people fleeing Vladimir Putin’s terror.

He urged the Government to establish a registration portal and in the shortest possible timeframe, so that people can help as part of a powerful national effort.

“I know that the Red Cross is already doing good work in this area, but they need support and our Government needs to step up here and provide it,” said Deputy Cannon. “The portal can immediately serve the needs of Ukrainians as they make their way to Ireland.”

“Rather than having to be housed in emergency accommodation, they can instead have access to a significant database of families, growing every day, who are willing to welcome them into an Irish home which has been vetted and checked by the relevant authorities.”

He said that ‘we can and should’ be seen as leaders in developing this model.

“Our Government should tap into our natural Irish empathy and generosity and lead the way in the European Union in developing a model that really works for all.

“This is a pivotal moment in our continent’s history. It’s the first time that that our generation is witnessing major forced migration across the EU.”

Deputy Cannon saif that in Ireland we have a deep understanding of what that means, of the trauma and fear associated with being uprooted from your home and family.

“That’s why so many Irish families are ready to open their hearts and their homes to those fleeing Ukraine, and it’s vital that we offer them an opportunity to register their interest in a very straightforward and seamless manner.”