Thursday, 26 June 2008
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Asylum Support Services
Question 144: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the asylum accommodation centres which have proper facilities to allow residents to prepare their own meals; the centres which do not have such a facility; the centres where asylum applicants actually prepare their own food; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25155/08]
The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform is responsible for the accommodation of asylum seekers under the Government policy of direct provision and dispersal. RIA currently accommodates close on 7,000 residents in 61 centres (including 2 Reception Centres) throughout the State. In 54 of these centres, meals are provided for residents and in a further 7 centres residents prepare their own meals. A full list of all centres currently providing accommodation to asylum seekers is below.