Written Answers. - Departmental Properties.

Michael Creed

Question:

461 Mr. Creed asked the Minister for Finance the number of properties bought by Office of Public Works for the accommodation of refugees and asylum seekers; the exact location of each of these centres; the number of refugees accommodated therein or proposed to be accommodated therein; and the price paid in respect of each property. [19718/00]

Michael Creed

Question:

462 Mr. Creed asked the Minister for Finance the number of properties leased by Office of Public Works for the accommodation of refugees and asylum seekers; the exact location of each of these centres; the number of refugees accommodated therein or proposed to be accommodated therein; and the price paid in respect of each property. [19733/00]

I propose to take Question Nos. 461 and 462 together.

My office sourced accommodation on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs for the provision of accommodation for Kosovar refugees invited here in 1999. In addition, my office sources suitable accommodation to meet the requirements of the asylum seekers accommodation programme, on behalf of the directorate for asylum support services.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is currently facilitating a repatriation programme for the Kosovar refugees. As a result of this programme, the level of their accommodation needs has declined. At this stage of the programme, the Department of Foreign Affairs, in conjunction with my office, is currently reviewing the best accommodation options for the 119 Kosovars currently remaining.

Three properties were purchased to accommodate the Kosovar refugees:

Property

Location

Capacity

Purchase Price

Atlas House

Tralee

121

£1,450,000

Atlas House

Killarney

100

£1,681,000, including furniture and fittings

Park Lodge

Killarney

59

£1,520,000

The following properties were leased to accommodate the Kosovars:

Property

Location

Capacity

Lease

Ursuline Convent and Birchwood House

Waterford

210

£80,010 p.m.

Drishane Castle

Millstreet,Co. Cork

63

£24,637.50 p.m.

Presentation Convent

Crosshaven,Co. Cork

52

£75,000 per annum

Presentation Convent

Dungarvan,Co. Waterford

97

£394,200 per annum

North Gate Apartments

Cork

57

£6,960 p.m.

Rathcoran House

Baltinglass,Co. Wicklow

50

£22,812.50 p.m.

The following property was assigned to my office by the Department of Defence:

Property

Location

Capacity

Magee Barracks

Kildare

81 mobiles were purchased at a cost of £481,219 with a capacity of 290

Four properties to date have been purchased to meet the requirements of the asylum seeker accommodation programme:

Property

Location

Capacity

Purchase Price

Parnell West Hotel

Dublin 1

115

£2,425,000

Devereaux Hotel

Wexford

100

£1,950,000

Ionad Folláin

Myshall,Co. Carlow

50

£1,050,000

Broc House

Dublin 4

100

£7,250,000

The occupancy levels vary according to ongoing accommodation requirements. Sixty one asylum seekers are currently accommodated in the Parnell West Hotel. The accommodation at the Devereaux Hotel, Ionad Folláin, Broc House and Lynch's Lodge is currently being prepared for asylum seekers.
The following property was leased to accommodate asylum seekers:

Property

Location

Capacity

Lease

Havisham House

Rochestown,Co. Cork

69

£300,000 per annum

Havisham House is yet to be occupied and its use in this regard is being reviewed by the directorate of asylum support services – DASS – in the light of accommodation requirements in the southern region. Decisions regarding occupancy levels and the timeframes for occupying acquired properties are a matter for DASS.