Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (553)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

553. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth further to Parliamentary Question No. 264 of 21 January 2021, the number of properties selected under the recent tender process referred to in the reply; the number of accommodation centres for persons in the international protection process that are now able to fully implement the national standards for accommodation centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6933/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

There are currently 30 accommodation centres in operation that can implement the National Standards by providing independent living facilities allowing for residents to choose their own food and cook their own meals at no cost to them in addition to having access to laundry facilities and the provision of designated living room space for families. These centres have also implemented actions through the Friends of the Centre model identified in the McMahon Report to meet the social care needs of residents. All of these centres were contracted under the recent tender process referenced in my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 264 of 21 January 2021.