Dalata, Ireland’s largest hotel operator, has confirmed ten of its hotels are working with the government to provide accommodation to Ukrainian refugees.

It comes as local authorities are being asked to provide an inventory of serviced lands where temporary housing could be erected quickly. The Department of Housing has asked local authorities to identify vacant housing which can “easily and quickly” be brought back into use as emergency accommodation.

More than 6,000 refugees have arrived in Ireland since the Russian invasion of Ukraine last month, with up to 100,000 expected in the coming weeks and months.

Dalata, which operates 47 hotels under the Maldron and Clayton brands, said it was providing full-board accommodation in five locations across the country.

The Times understands Dalata is currently