Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (297)

Seán Haughey


297. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the cost of the direct provision system in each of the years 2014 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44428/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The International Protection Accommodation Service of my Department (IPAS) is provided with an annual budget under the vote of the Department of Justice to provide applicants for protection with accommodation for the duration of the application process. IPAS seeks to have accommodation and ancillary services provided under contract at centres located throughout the state.

As of 27 October 2019, 6,090 people are being accommodated in the 39 IPAS accommodation centres. There is a further 1,439 people being accommodated in emergency accommodation, namely in rooms in commercial hotels and guest houses on a room and full-board basis.

There are also an additional 347 people accommodated in Emergency Reception and Orientation Centres (EROC). The persons accommodated in these centres entered the State under the Resettlement Programme and Relocation Programme of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) operated by my Department.

The following table provides a breakdown of the IPAS expenditure on the ‘direct provision’ system in the years 2014 to 2018.

Expenditure Type






Accommodation(includes commercial, State-owned and self-catering)

Emergency accommodation costs are included from September 2018 when such accommodation was first utilised.






Pre-school (contributions towards some costs)






Additional costs at State-owned centres (incl. gas, oil, water, sewage, etc.)






Transport costs (under dispersal policy)






Miscellaneous (payments for nappies, grants to organisations and miscellaneous costs)






Total Expenditure






The 2017 and 2018 figures include an amount of €7.728m and €7.550m respectively for designated Emergency Reception and Orientation Centres (EROC).