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Last week, it was determined that Integration Minister Roderic O'Gorman had violated his duties under European law to provide housing for people seeking international protection.

In his ruling last Friday, Mr. Justice Charles Meenan noted that this is a "lead case" that the Government anticipates would result in the filing of sizable compensation claims.


538 persons who came here in search of international protection are currently without State housing, and many of them have been left homeless. There are six active legal cases, but there are up to 87 instances that could go to trial.

Due to "concerns" inside the government concerning the decision's wider financial ramifications, the Cabinet committee on Ukraine has been moved up to next Thursday. Mr. O'Gorman will present a note at this meeting.

On May 12, the case is scheduled to return before the High Court, when expenses and any additional submissions from parties will be addressed.

A Mr. O'Gorman representative acknowledged that the government is "refining" its response to the ruling. The European Union (Reception Conditions) Regulations of 2018 and the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights were violated, according to the court's ruling. a source reported

"There is a fear that the compensation won’t just be for not providing accommodation and it could also include damages on totality such as damage and lack of support services.

A second Government source said: “There is concern over the level of financial compensation that could be paid out and what that means for the rest of the people the State hasn’t been able to provide shelter for, given there are significant numbers involved.”

If large lump sums of money are given to IP applicants as a result of the State not being in a position to offer accommodation, there is unease over how the court ruling may “filter around the world".