DONEGAL County Council is
appealing to those who have unoccupied properties in
Inishowen to offer them as temporary homes for those
fleeing war in Ukraine.
The renewed call is part of a government initiative, led
by local authorities, to make use of unoccupied houses,
apartments or holiday homes to house Ukrainian families.
A tax-free recognition payment of €800 per month is
available for properties used to house those arriving
from Ukraine. More than 70,000 people have arrived to
Ireland from Ukraine seeking safety and the vast
majority need accommodation.
Under the ‘Offer a Home’ programme, Donegal County
Council will take offers of houses, apartments or
holiday homes for temporary accommodation, liaise with
owners to assess suitability, and arrange for their use
by Ukrainian people and families.
Those who offer a property
can expect to be contacted by the local authority within
five working days of making their offer and an
assessment of the property will be carried out shortly
after. The assessment is to ensure the property is
habitable and to get some details so it can be matched
to the most appropriate person or family.
This is a call for stand-alone properties that are not
occupied by others. Properties should be in liveable
condition and, ideally, available for at least 6 months.
While rent will not be payable to those who offer
properties, a tax-free recognition payment of €800 per
month is available from the Department of Social
Protection to those who offer accommodation to
Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, John G
McLaughlin said; “The welcome Irish people have shown to
those arriving from Ukraine has been exceptional, and we
are so thankful to those who have already offered homes.
We know that people are very anxious to help where they
can so we’re appealing to anybody who has a suitable
property and hasn’t been able to offer it before now to
please consider getting in touch with us to find out
what is involved."
To offer a property or for more information, visit