Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (925, 927)

Catherine Martin

Ceist:

925. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons who will have to be rehoused following the closure of the Hatch Hall direct provision centre; the direct provision centres in which they will be rehoused; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33775/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Catherine Martin

Ceist:

927. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons living in the Hatch Hall direct provision centre who have been granted status; his plans for the accommodation of these persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33777/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 925 and 927 together.

Regretfully, due to circumstances outside the control of the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) of my Department, the contract for the operation of Hatch Hall accommodation centre ended on 15 July 2019. This was a commercial decision by the operator.

The capacity of Hatch Hall was 220 people. 47 people with status / permission to remain have been assisted by Depaul Ireland - contracted by my Department - to transition into mainstream housing. A further 30 individuals were re-accommodated in emergency accommodation. The remainder of residents have been re-accommodated in the new accommodation block at the Balseskin Reception centre in Dublin.

By the date of final closure, all residents have been re-accommodated.