Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Department of Justice and Equality
Asylum Seeker Accommodation
To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide in tabular form a list of all direct provision centres housing asylum seekers; the name of the private operator who runs each centre; the number of bathrooms in each centre; and the number of bedrooms in each centre. [15724/13]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 234 and 257 together.
The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA), a functional unit of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department, is responsible for the accommodation of asylum seekers in the direct provision system while their application for protection is being processed.
The following table provides information on the contractors currently providing accommodation services to asylum seekers in the direct provision system. The collation of the other information requested by the Deputy would require a detailed survey of all direct provision accommodation and such detail could not be produced without diverting scarce resources from other necessary activities.
LIST OF CURRENT DIRECT PROVISION CENTRES AND CONTRACTORS 25/03/2013
|COUNTY||DIRECT PROVISION ACCOMMODATION CENTRES [COMMERCIAL]|
|CORK||Barlow Properties||Ashbourne Hse Hotel, Glounthane|
|D AND A LTD||Clonakilty Lodge, Clonakilty|
|Alan Hyde and Ted Murphy||Glen Vera, Wellington Road, Cork|
|Millstreet Equestrian Services Ltd||Millstreet Accommodation Centre|
|Donegal||Shane Timony||Cliffview, Donegal Town|
|Dublin Reception Centre||ECCI Ireland||Balseskin, St. Margarets, Co. Dublin|
|Dublin||Old George Ltd||Georgian Court, 77 - 79 Lower Gardiner St., Dublin 1|
|ECCI Ireland Ltd||Hatch Hall, 28A Lower Hatch St. Dublin 2|
|Mo Bhaile Ltd||The Staircase, 21 Aungier Street, Dublin 2|
|Fazyard Ltd||The Towers, Ninth Lock Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22|
|Galway||Maplestar Ltd||Eglinton Hotel, Salthill, Galway|
|Shaun Hennelly||Great Western House, Eyre Square, Galway|
|Kildare||Cherryport Ltd||Eyre Powell Hotel, Main St., Newbridge|
|Laois||Fazyard Ltd||The Montague Hotel, Emo, Portlaoise, Co. Laois|
|Limerick||Birch Rentals Ltd||Hanratty's Hotel, Glentworth St., Limerick|
|Baycaster Ltd||Mount Trenchard, Foynes|
|Westbourne Holiday Hostel Ltd||Westbourne Holiday Hostel, Dock Rd., Limerick|
|Mayo||Bridgestock Ltd||Old Convent, Abbey Street, Ballyhaunis|
|Meath||Mosney PLC||Mosney Holiday Centre,|
|Monaghan||Tattonward Ltd||St Patricks Former Agricultural College, Monaghan|
|Sligo||Bridgestock Ltd||Globe House, Chapel Hill, Sligo|
|Tipperary (South)||Millstreet Equestrian Services Ltd||Bridgewater House, Carrick-on-Suir|
|Waterford||Atlantic Blue Ltd||Atlantic House, Railway Square, Tramore|
|Oceanview Accommodation Ltd||Ocean View, The Esplanade, Tramore|
|Stompool Investments Ltd||Birchwood House, Ballytruckle Road, Waterford|
|Millstreet Equestrian Services Ltd||Viking House, Coffee House Lane, Waterford|
|COUNTY||DIRECT PROVISION ACCOMMODATION CENTRES [STATE OWNED]|
|Clare||Campbell Catering Ltd t/a Aramark Ireland||Knockalisheen|
|Cork||Campbell Catering Ltd t/a Aramark Ireland||Kinsale Road|
|Westmeath||Campbell Catering Ltd t/a Aramark Ireland||Lissywoolen Accommodation Centre, Athlone|
|Kerry||OFM Ltd||Atlas House, Killarney|
|Atlas House, Tralee|
|Johnston Marina, Tralee|
|Park Lodge, Park Road, Killarney|
To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide, in a tabular format, the number of asylum seekers in temporary accommodation for one year, two years, three years, four years, five years and over five years. [15728/13]
The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA), a functional unit of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department, is responsible for the accommodation of persons under the system of direct provision while their applications for international protection are being processed.
RIA itself has no function in determining whether someone should stay or not in its accommodation, except in the context of rare instances of serious and repeated misbehaviour. Its function is to provide accommodation and ancillary services to those who have sought international protection and who otherwise have no means of supporting themselves.
In relation to the information provided below which is collated from the RIA database, it is important to note that it is not possible to specify exactly how long each person has resided in RIA accommodation. Protection applicants are not required to live in RIA accommodation and in many cases, may move in and out of the direct provision system as their circumstances change. The following information relates to the length of time that has elapsed since applicants for international protection who are in the direct provision system first made their application. Therefore, it does not necessarily mean that those persons have lived in RIA accommodation for all of that period.
Subject to the important clarifications as indicated above, the information sought by the Deputy is as follows: number of persons in RIA accommodation for up to one year since they lodged their application is 593, between one year and two years is 489, between two years and three years is 533, between three and four years is 622, between four and five years is 806 and in excess of five years 1,712.
I acknowledge that the length of time spent in direct provision is an issue to be addressed and I have taken a number of steps to speed up the processing of applications including redeployment of resources and the establishment of a legal panel to assist INIS in processing a cohort of repatriation cases. I would expect to see significant dividends, in terms of cases finalised, from this initiative in the coming months. Further, I plan to republish the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2010 to create a single procedure for the processing of applications. These steps will reduce the time a person spends in direct provision while they await a final decision on their case.
Finally, it should be noted that there are significant numbers of persons living in RIA accommodation who may have exhausted the protection process but who await the outcome of court proceedings on aspects of their cases.