I can inform the Deputy that the Office of Public Works (OPW) is responsible for all maintenance and improvement works in the seven State-owned accommodation centres for persons seeking International Protection. Independent living has been introduced in one of these centres, in Athlone, which has a capacity of 300 persons.
My Department has been in discussions with the OPW regarding the required works to introduce independent living in the remaining six centres and design works has commenced. My Department in partnership with the OPW will seek to progress these works at the earliest opportunity.
As the Deputy will appreciate, in light of the current situation and the Government restrictions on indoor construction work, it is not currently possible to provide a timetable for these works.