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Technology Centre in Offaly offered to Government to accommodate Ukrainians

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THE Government has received an offer from Birr Technology Centre to accommodate Beneficiaries of Temporary Protection (BOTP) and the offer is currently being evaluated to determine if it meets the Department’s requirements.

This information was communicated to Independent TD for Laois Offaly Carol Nolan by Minister for Children; Equality; Disability; Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman after she had sought clarification from the Minister after a significant number of constituents expressed their concerns on the issue to her.

Deputy Nolan tabled a Parliamentary Question to Minister O’Gorman on the issue and in his reply the Minister said “The Department is involved in negotiations with a range of accommodation providers across Ireland. My Department has received an offer from the premises referred by the Deputy to accommodate Beneficiaries of Temporary Protection (BOTP).

This offer is being evaluated to determine if it meets the Department’s requirements. Due to the commercial sensitivities involved, it is not possible to provide information on the negotiations with any individual provider,” he said.

Deputy Nolan commented “I know that this confirmation from the minister is going to raise a lot of alarm among constituents and indeed businesses within Birr and the surrounding area.

As I understand it, one of the two buildings comprising the Birr Technology Centre, has only been modernised in the last number of months and is providing work-spaces to enable companies and individuals to work remotely and flexibly in a hub environment from Birr.

I will be pursing this matter further as I fundamentally believe that communities should full access to all information that may impact on the services in their area.

I will be seeking specific information on the numbers of potential new arrivals that could be accommodated at the site,” concluded Deputy Nolan.

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