Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Questions (216)

Eoin Ó Broin


216. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of families in a direct provision centre (details supplied) in Dublin 22 by size and number of children; the number with leave to remain; the reason for the recent transfer of 50 families from another centre; when the contract for the direct provision centre ends; and his plans for its renewal. [13052/18]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Details of the family profiles at the centre in question are outlined in the following table:

Size of Family 

 Number of families

 Total number of persons

 Lone Parent with 1 child



 Lone Parent with 2 children



 Lone Parent with 3 children



 Lone Parent with 4 children



 Lone Parent with 5 or more children






 Married/Partner with 1 child



 Married/Partner with 2 children



 Married/Partner with 3 children



 Married/Partner with 4 children






The total number of persons presently in the accommodation centre with some form of permission to remain in the State is 83.

Of this figure there are:

- 15 who comprise 3-person family (5 families);

- 16 from 4-person families (4 families);

- 15 from 5-person families (3 families)

- 13 from 5+ person Families (2 families)

I can advise the Deputy that 34 persons were transferred into the centre in question in February 2018 from another accommodation centre. 

In this instance, the relevant contract in that other accommodation centre had come to an end and as a result the centre closed. Residents who were still in the protection process, total 87 persons, were allocated alternative accommodation within the entire accommodation portfolio.

The contract in this centre is valid until close to the end of 2018. Any renewal of the contract will be subject to a full, open, transparent EU wide competitive process.