Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (361)

Jim O'Callaghan

Ceist:

361. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reported capacity of each direct provision centre at the end of June 2019, in tabular form; the reported capacity of each direct provision centre in January 2018; if works to increase capacity have taken place; and if so, the nature of the works. [31311/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

In January and again in September of 2018, the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) of my Department published a call in the national press for expressions of interest from potential contractors to meet the increasing demand for accommodation for persons in the protection process. The criteria against which the Department assessed the offers of accommodation were availability, standard of property, ability to provide communal social spaces for residents, ability to cater at mealtimes and proximity to various other services. 

Seven new accommodation centres were opened following those calls for expressions of interest.

Simultaneously, staff in my Department worked with existing accommodation providers to identify additional capacity in existing centres.  This involved the identification of additional or unused areas within a centre by centre staff, followed by upgrade or refurbishment works by the centre operator to ensure that all any new accommodation provided met statutory requirements and then final approval of the increase in capacity by the Department.  This process was ongoing during 2018. 

In August 2018, my Department, in conjunction with the Office of Government Procurement (OGP), commenced a series of regional Requests for Tender (RFT) competitions for accommodation and other services for persons seeking international protection.  To date, seven such competitions have been held.  Two are complete and the remainder are underway.  Additional capacity was also identified as part of those competitions.  As the results of some of the competitions have yet to be published, the identity of those premises remains confidential.

Tabular information on the capacity of centres is as follows:

Centre Name 

 County

 Capacity 7th January 2018

Capacity 30th June 2019 

 Knockalisheen

 Clare

 250

 250

 King Thomond Hotel*

 Clare

 

 115

 Ashbourne House

 Cork

 95

 95

 Davis Lane*

 Cork

 

 52

 Kinsale Road

 Cork

 275

 299

 Glenvera

 Cork

 119

 130

 Millstreet

 Cork

 250

 304

 Clonakilty Lodge

 Cork

 110

 110

 Georgian Court**

 Dublin

 110

 

The Towers

 Dublin

 225

 250

 Hatch Hall

 Dublin

 215

 220

 Watergate House**

 Dublin

 68

 

Eglinton Hotel

Galway

 200

 210

 Great Western House

 Galway

 162

 162

 Atlas House Killarney

 Kerry

 90

 90

 Atlas House Tralee

 Kerry

 100

 100

 Johnson Marina

 Kerry

 90

 90

 Linden House

 Kerry

 57

 57

 Park Lodge

Kerry

 55

 55

 Atlantic Lodge*

 Kerry

 

 98

 The Hazel Hotel*

 Kildare

 

 143

Eyre Powell

 Kildare

 87

 152

 The Montague Hotel

 Laois

 202

 202

 Hibernian Hotel*

 Laois

 

 63

 Hanratty's Hotel

 Limerick

 118

 118

 Mount Trenchard

 Limerick

 85

 85

 Richmond Court

 Longford

 80

 80

 Carroll Village

 Louth

 60

 60

 The Old Convent

 Mayo

 245

 245

 Mosney

 Meath

 600

 600

 St. Patrick's

 Monaghan

 175

 212

 Globe House

 Sligo

 215

 218

 Bridgewater House

 Tipperary

 115

 161

 Atlantic House

Waterford

82

82

Ocean View

Waterford

100

100

Birchwood House

 Waterford

 145

 145

 Viking House

 Waterford

 81

 81

 The Grand Hotel*

 Wicklow

 

 111

 Temple*

 Westmeath

 

 100

 Athlone

 Westmeath

 300

 300

* denotes new accommodation centre opened between January 2018 and June 2019

** denotes accommodation centre closed between January 2018 and June 2019