Kerry Interagency Group Established In Response To Arrival Of Ukrainian Refugees

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AN interagency group has been established in Kerry to coordinate the response to the arrival of Ukrainian refugees in the county.

The group, which held its first meeting this morning, includes a wide range of statutory, community, and voluntary agencies as well as representatives of the HSE and the Department of Social Protection.

The Kerry Community Response Forum will meet regularly to share information, coordinate responses, identify needs and target resources to refugees who have already arrived in Kerry and others expected to arrive to the county over the coming weeks.

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The interagency group will work closely to ensure that refugees receive a range of supports, interventions and advice for the foreseeable future and will ensure that this can be achieved in a targeted and efficient manner.

Included in the new group are representatives of the HSE, Kerry County Council, An Garda Síochána, the Department of Social Protection, Kerry Education and Training Board, the community and voluntary sector, local development companies, Kerry Chambers, local transport providers, and organisations working with refugees in the county including the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre and the Tralee International Resource Centre.

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