Cabinet will discuss the difficulty on the horizon in accommodating refugees, when it meets this afternoon.

It comes as many hotels under contract with the Government will revert to tourism in March and April.

Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman is also expected to press colleagues on the need to reduce reliance on private operators and build its own accommodation.

Midwest News has learned that a number of hoteliers in this region, that have contracts with the government to accommodate Ukrainian refugees, are waiting excessively long periods to receive any payment.

One hotelier explained the strain, as their electricity bills continue to rise, food bills and other overhead costs soar due to the number of refugees that they are now accommodating for more than four months now without any monies coming through from the state.

Midwest New contacted Minister O’Gorman’s office this morning to seek clarification on the matter and we are awaiting a response.


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