The Cabinet has admitted long-term solutions are needed for Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Ireland.

The government admits long-term solutions need to be found for Ukrainian refugees.

It expects the number arriving into Ireland to double by the end of the month.

The State’s humanitarian response was Cabinet’s focus this morning and will be  announced later.

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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar chaired the meeting in Dublin Castle, as the Taoiseach continues isolation in Washington.

He’s said it’s hard to predict the exact number of refugees headed to Ireland beyond 20,000.

We just can’t say what the numbers will be beyond that…could be thirty, forty thousand” he stated this morning.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney says Ireland isn’t going to give up on playing its part.

“What wouldn’t be acceptable for me is for Ireland to say we can do only do so much and no more, and then leave that burden for other European countries to respond to” said Minister Coveney.

The Irish Red Cross has also received over 22,000 applications from the public to house refugees, with 4,000 vacant.

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan has said the timelines to get those refugees settled is tightening and need to be acted on quickly.