170 Ukrainian residents of Leitrim hotel told to move by the end of the month

Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo, County Leitrim has been home to Ukrainian refugees for the past two years.

The hotel, which is housing around 170 people, is predominantly used by women and children.

However, the hotel’s contract is coming to an end and the residents must vacate the property by May 31, 2024.

It is believed the residents were informed of the move at a recent meeting and hotel management has attempted to have the contract extended to allow the residents to stay at the hotel.

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) said it will provide residents with alternative options, however, it is unknown where they will be moved too.

The residents can also seek to find a private rental option.

A spokesperson for The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) said, “Temporary accommodation for those fleeing the war in Ukraine was provided at the Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo, County Leitrim.

“This arrangement is due to come to an end shortly.

“All accommodation contracted by the Department is temporary in nature, moves occur frequently when contracts end.

“Those who are residing at the accommodation have been contacted by the Department to notify them of the change.

“Alternative offers of accommodation will be provided to the residents, and every effort will be made to ensure that the alternative accommodation will be in the general area.

“Beneficiaries of temporary protection are also entitled to make their own private arrangements, including potentially availing of pledged accommodation if they wish or private accommodation, and can avail of some supports to do so.”