Ballyhoura Development have welcomed the government’s decision to allocate an additional €5m to the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme.

The programme supports, delivered through Local Development Companies across Ireland, will assist in the ongoing provision of community development and social inclusion supports to Ukrainians who have arrived in Ireland over recent months.

This funding will strengthen the capacity of those already working across the community and voluntary sector to improve the experience and quality of life of people arriving from Ukraine. As new arrivals begin to settle into community life in Ireland, the funding will help ensure that we continue to look after those most in need.

Chair of Ballyhoura Development, Pádraig Fitzgerald, said: “Since the start of this terrible war, communities across Ireland have played a central role in helping people arriving from Ukraine settle into their new life in Ireland. Local Development Companies already provide a huge range of supports to migrant communities and the demand has obviously accelerated since March. Ballyhoura Development will welcome the additional resources to the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme which will help provide an even more effective response and ensure that funds allocated for pre-existing priorities do not need diversion".