€5.7 million to house refugee families in Wexford
Housing 32 refugee families in Wexford will cost in excess of €5.7 million over the next three years.
The figures which were revealed in Wexford County Council's three year social housing plan, show that the refugee resettlement plan will see 32 families located in Wexford between 2017 and 2019, costing a total of €5,760,000.
A total of ten families will be located in the Wexford district over the three years at a cost of €1.8 million. Eight families will be located in the Enniscorthy district, costing €1,440,000.
Eight families will also be located in the New Ross district costing €1,440,000 while six families will be located in Gorey at a cost of €1,080,000.
Speaking at last week's meeting of New Ross Municipal District, Padraig O'Gorman of Wexford County Council said that 20 families will be allocated to Wexford this year with the remaining 12 families arriving in subsequent years.
He said that currently 17 of these initial families are undergoing a 12-week induction programme in Dungarvan, Co Waterford.
The remaining three families are expected to arrive in the country in the coming weeks and are expected to arrived in Wexford in May or June of this year.
Cllr Michael Whelan wondered if there would be a cluster of families in New Ross and Mr O'Gorman said there would be because the families would need access to services and transport.
'They won't be in one street but they will be in the town', he said.