Written Answers. - Asylum Support Services.

Nora Owen

Question:

480 Mrs. Owen asked the Minister for Finance the properties purchased or leased by the Office of Public Works for housing asylum seekers; the location of each of these properties; the cost paid if purchased; the properties now in use; the properties not in use and which are being cared for by security companies; the cost of such security; if he will confirm that one property in County Carlow which was purchased earlier this year for over £1 million is still unoccupied and is being guarded by a private security firm; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20126/00]

Ionad Follain at Myshall, County Carlow was acquired by my office in July 2000. A private security firm was installed at Ionad Follain on 21 July and will remain on site until the directorate for asylum support services issues instructions as to when asylum seekers will take up occupancy. At that stage the security contract which my office has entered into will be terminated.

Four properties have been purchased and one leased by the Office of Public Works to meet the requirements of the asylum seeker accommodation programme:

Property

Location

Occupied

PurchasePrice

Lease

Estimate of Security Cost to date

£

£

Parnell West Hotel

Dublin 1

Yes

2,425,000

None required

Devereux Hotel

Wexford

No

1,950,000

35,265

Ionad Follain

Carlow

No

1,050,000

22,300

Broc House

Dublin 4

No

7,250,000

16,400

Havisham House Hotel

Rochestown Co. Cork

No

300,000 p.a.

43,000

Question No. 481 taken with Question No. 447.