Thursday, 8 December 2005
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Asylum Support Services
Question 201: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if the lease of a hostel (details supplied) in County Kilkenny by the reception and integration agency has been finalised; and if so, the length of time the building is leased for. [38579/05]
The Reception and Integration Agency, RIA, has not held and does not hold a lease on this hostel. The lease in this case is required to be held by the contractors in order that RIA may enter into a contractual arrangement with them to provide full-board accommodation to asylum seekers at this location. Recently RIA had not been given sufficient assurances by the contractors in respect of security of tenure at the hostel. However, the contractors have since submitted a new lease arrangement which has permitted RIA to offer them a new contract to provide full-board accommodation to asylum seekers at this location until January 2007.