Dispute between Mayo County Council and Government surrounding accomodation for Ukrainian refugees

A charity which evacuated 90 children from Ukraine is at the heart of a dispute between Mayo County Council and the Government over who will pay their accomodation costs.

Candle of Grace has been told the State won’t pay for the hotel bills, which are believed to be €120,000 a month.

Mayo County Council agreed to pay for the kids’ stay in the belief that the Department of Children would reimburse them, however the Department says the charity’s work does not fall within their remit.

Candle of Grace founder, Lily Luzan, is concerned about the children, who’ve already experienced great trauma:

“We were quite sure as well that everything was sorted because if Mayo County Council is accommodating others refugees, they were coming before and coming after. But we were quite sure that everything was in order. They’re just saying that because of arrangements were made between Mayo County Council and ourselves, so we have to look after this with Mayo County Council and ourselves. This is shocking because we’re talking about children and we’re talking about the safety.”


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