Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (448)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

448. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the alternative accommodation provision that can be made in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30147/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Reception and Integration Agency, RIA, is responsible for the accommodation of asylum seekers in accordance with the Government policy of direct provision and dispersal. The person referred to in the details supplied has not previously applied for a change of accommodation, nor have any medical documents been referred to RIA to support such an application. Applications for transfer to alternative locations should be made by residents via the centre manager or directly to RIA. Where such an application is made on medical grounds, the relevant documents are reviewed and, if necessary, referred to a medical referee for examination. Based on the recommendations of the medical referee, and taking other factors into account, a decision on accommodation need is made. The medical document provided with the details supplied in this question has been referred to the Health Unit at RIA for review and the person referred to will be written to following that review.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases can be made directly to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, of which the RIA is a division, by email using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specially established for this purpose. This service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained promptly by Oireachtas representatives.