Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (564)

James Browne

Question:

564. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the provision of a direct provision centre in the south-east; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34997/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

There are currently five accommodation centres under contract to my Department to provide accommodation and ancillary services in the South East region (counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford).  Details of the these are given in tabular form below.

Name 

 Location

Capacity 

 Atlantic House

 Tramore, Co. Waterford

 82

 Birchwood House

 Waterford

 145

 Bridgewater House

 Carrick-on-Suir, Co.Tipperary

 161

 Ocean View

 Tramore, Co. Waterford

 100

 Viking House

 Waterford

 81

Last December, my Department, in conjunction with the Office of Government Procurement, published a Request for Tender (RFT) for accommodation and ancillary services for the South East region.  The purpose of the tender was to develop a framework of premises,  the members of which would then be offered services contracts depending on the level of demand for accommodation.  Each of the above premises was successful in being placed on the framework.  No new premises were offered as part of the RFT.  Due to the increase in demand for accommodation over the past year, contracts for services were offered to each of the framework members.

A contract for services will only be awarded to a framework member on the condition that they provide independent living (cooking facilities and a food hall) to residents, and family living spaces where applicable.  Each framework member is given a 16-week mobilisation period in which to implement these improvements.  Each of the premises listed above is currently undergoing mobilisation, and we anticipate that independent living will be in operation in each of the centres by Q4 of this year.  Introducing independent living will improve the standard of accommodation available to people seeking international accommodation in the South East, in particular for families and children.