Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Questions (971)

Mick Barry

Question:

971. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health the names of the companies that have been awarded contracts to manage detention centres related to mandatory Covid-19 quarantine; the cost of these contracts to the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16698/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Given the necessity to establish the mandatory quarantine services in an expedited timeframe, an initial scoping exercise was conducted, involving a number of market operators. These initial proposals were reviewed based on the capability to deliver the broad suite of services involved, capacity to deliver in an expedited timescale, and the proposed cost models.

The contract was awarded to Tifco based on their capability to deliver the broad suite of services involved, their capacity to deliver in an expedited timescale, and their proposed cost model. The contractual arrangement and cost model agreed with the provider is commercially sensitive.