National Indoor Arena opens to help refugees with accommodation crisis


The National Indoor Arena in Dublin will be used to help tackle the current refugee accommodation crisis.

In response to a government request, Sport Ireland said the facility is being made available for up to six weeks as part of the emergency response initiative.

The organization acknowledged that this will have a temporary impact on regular users of the arena, but said “it is grateful for the support provided by the wider sporting community to make all refugees feel welcome in Ireland. “.

Chief Executive Dr Una May said: “Sport Ireland is pleased to be able to respond positively to the Government’s request to make the National Indoor Athletics Training Center available to support the current challenges. in the accommodation of refugees.

“This emergency initiative will last for up to six weeks, allowing the relevant authorities to provide more permanent accommodation for the refugees. Following this, the arena will be available for the start of the indoor athletics season.

“Sport has been a welcome lifeline for many refugees arriving in Ireland in recent months and the wider sport sector is to be commended for this. Sport Ireland facilities will offer the use of Sport Ireland campus facilities for the use of refugees for the duration of their stay.

“Sport Ireland would like to express their gratitude to the clients of the National Indoor Athletics Training Center for their patience and understanding on this matter.”

The state-owned indoor arena is managed and operated by subsidiary Sport Ireland Facilities DAC and is equipped with permanent showers and leisure facilities.

Sport Ireland has confirmed that all affected customers have been contacted.

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