Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Questions (347)

Catherine Connolly


347. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the procedure that was involved in transferring a person (details supplied) living in the emergency direct provision centre in Miltown Malbay, County Clare, following an incident in the centre; the way in which the decision was made and-or taken; the reason the decision was made and-or taken; the person and-or grade of the person who made the decision in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12549/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

For reasons of confidentiality, I am not in a position to comment on individual cases.

However, I can advise that based on Public Health advice, transfers between centres are currently suspended at this time, with limited exceptions, for example, if a qualified medical practitioner advises that a person must be moved for urgent health reasons or if An Garda Síochána advise moving a resident for their own safety or security or that of others in the accommodation centre.

More generally, centre management can also request that a resident be transferred if they have proven to be very disruptive to the running of a centre or if they have assaulted or threatened violence to staff or other residents.

The person is notified of the transfer by letter from the International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) of my Department, outlining where they will be moving to and when. The transfer usually occurs within days of the notification being made.

Transport to the new location is organised by IPAS through contracted bus or taxi companies, or, in some instances, depending on geographical location, availability or other considerations, transport can be organised by centre management who are reimbursed for the cost by IPAS. All social distancing and emergency measures required at this time are complied with in the facilitation of such transfers.