Independent councillor Alan Lawes has told Meath Live that it is time that the government started treating everyone equally in relation to housing.

He blasted, ‘It is only right and proper that we look after Ukrainian refugees from the horrible war situation they find themselves in but when I have people coming to me saying that Meath county council have told them they have no accommodation available for them and are actually telling them to go out and get their own accommodation and the council will pay for it.

‘ Yet the government can place a large number of refugees in Meath and offer them the best of temporary facilities and that to me seems unfair, we have a housing crisis and everyone deserves to be treated equally.

‘I’m not pinning this one on the council it’s the government that needs to ensure fairness in all of this.’ added Lawes.