A NEW support centre is set to open in Limerick next week for refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine to help them seek work and access State support.
Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said today that three city centre hubs in Dublin, Cork and Limerick will help Ukrainian refugees obtain PPS numbers, social welfare support and give them access to other State services.
Ireland has already taken in more than 7,000 refugees since the war began.
The support centres in Dublin and Cork are already open, with the one in Limerick set to open next week.
Ms Humphreys said: “These dedicated hubs in Dublin, Cork and Limerick will ensure that Ukrainian families and individuals who have fled this terrible war can get the supports they need as quickly as possible.
“My officials are present in these new centres, as well as our Intreo Centres, to assist the Ukrainian people in obtaining the likes of a PPS number, which is a crucial first step to accessing different services offered by the State.
“Teams of staff from my department and the Department of Justice will be working over the Bank Holiday period, on Friday and Saturday, to assist the people from Ukraine arriving into Ireland with their immediate needs.”