Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (612)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

612. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if discussions are taking place and consideration has been given to opening a reception centre for asylum seekers in a premises near a town (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35761/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I can advise the Deputy that my Department is in discussions with a number of parties regarding potential premises in a number of locations to meet our obligations to persons seeking international protection and requiring accommodation. In the first half of this year alone, we have seen a 36% annual increase in the number of applications received.

Furthermore, there is currently an ongoing public procurement process through the Government procurement portal www.etenders.gov.ie for accommodation and ancillary services in the Western Region. As the Deputy will appreciate, it would not be appropriate for me to comment further while the tender process is ongoing.