Community Development Minister Joe O’Brien is on an informal visit to Carlow today as Ballon welcomes 50 Ukrainians

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Community Development Minister Joe O’Brien is on an informal visit to Carlow today.

He is with Carlow Development Partnership and visits the Clink, Perri’s warehouse where donations are left and Carlow College.

It was then that a new Rest Center installed in the communal hall of Ballon welcomed its first arrivals from Ukraine yesterday.

A group of 50 people disembarked early Thursday morning, mostly women and children fleeing war in their home countries.

It followed a call to local community groups for suitable facilities to be made available and the Ballroom met the requirements.

Carlow County Council services manager Padraig O’Gorman said it was not intended to be a long-term accommodation solution, telling KCLR: ‘It would be short-term and they would be moving into their, I guess, medium term accommodation eight of them actually have already moved out and there’s another number moving out today so we expect that to be replenished with new arrivals probably over the weekend.

Meanwhile, those of Ballon are appealing for the following donations:

For more ways to help those hardest hit by the war in Ukraine, click here


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