Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (313)

Seán Fleming


313. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the role of his Department regarding a matter (details supplied); if emergency housing has been sourced at a location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21421/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I wish to inform the Deputy that I have no responsibility to the Dáil for housing matters. Such matters are the responsibility of my colleague, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government.

The Irish Refugee Protection Programme falls under the ambit of the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration (OPMI) within my Department and this office has a coordinating role in respect of all matters related to the resettlement of refugees under the Programme. However, the provision of all services to this cohort is mainstreamed and falls under the responsibility of relevant agencies and Departments. Local Authorities are ultimately responsible for the provision of housing for refugees.

A number of refugees are scheduled to be re-settled this week in the location specified under an arrangement made with the relevant local authority similar to arrangements made with other local authorities throughout the state.