Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Department of Justice and Equality
777. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons facilitated at the special Covid-19 self-isolation centre at a hotel (details supplied) from 1 April 2020 and 1 July 2020; the number of nights per person; the cost of the accommodation from 1 April 2020 and 1 July 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18412/20]
The premises referred to by the Deputy has been contracted by my Department on a rolling basis since April 2020, to support the Department’s COVID-19 response and specifically to provide short-term accommodation to persons in the Direct Provision system who are required by the health authorities to isolate after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. For this reason, details of the number of people accommodated in that location and the duration of their stay are not disclosed. To do so would indirectly lead to a confirmation of positive cases, which is solely a matter for the HSE.
For reasons of commercial sensitivity, my Department does not release contractual information until a two year period has elapsed.