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Cost of providing 500 modular homes for Ukrainians will be at least €100 million

Minister for Children; Equality; Disability; Integration and Youth, Roderick O’Gorman, has confirmed that the Government approved proposal to construct 500 modular homes in order to expand accommodation capacity for Ukrainian arrivals will be at least €100 million. 

The information was provided in a parliamentary reply to the Independent TD for Laois Offaly, Carol Nolan.

Deputy Nolan had requested Minister O’Gorman to provide details on the funding provided for the roll-out of the modular homes pilot programme, including site preparation and the acquisition and installation of the homes.

The proposal to construct the modular homes was initially approved by Government on 26 June.

According to Minister O’Gorman the estimated €100 million cost is inclusive of site enabling works and transportation costs.

In addition, there will be ongoing facilities management, maintenance and utilities costs, and post-installation costs at an estimated €1.25m from 2023 onwards.

On the basis of the anticipated timeframe for delivery, an allocation of €70m will be provided for in 2022 and €31.25m for 2023.

The Minister confirmed to Deputy Carol Nolan that once in place, the modular houses will accommodate up to 2,000 people at urban locations across the country.

The Department of Children; Equality; Disability; Integration and Youth says it is finalising site selection, with support from the Department of Housing, drawing on publicly owned sites owned by Government Departments and Agencies or by Local Authorities.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) will be managing the roll-out of the modular homes pilot programme, involving site preparation as well as the acquisition and installation.  Minister O’Gorman also confirmed that the OPW has drawn up the Project Plan that envisages the installation of the first modular units on site in early November 2022, with the final units being installed in 2023.

At that point the Department Children; Equality; Disability; Integration and Youth will then take responsibility for ownership of the modular units and their future use.

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