PQ: Asylum Seeker Accommodation

Tue, January 19, 2016

294. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the Reception and Integration Agency has identified the proposed reception centres in County Dublin for incoming refugees whom Ireland has agreed to accept under the European Union relocation plan; if she will identify the locations or proposed locations in County Dublin; if these centres meet the minimum standards of accommodation required by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; and if accommodation will be on the same basis as existing direct provision centres.

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I wish to inform the Deputy that no centres in Dublin have been identified for either refugees coming to Ireland under the resettlement programme or indeed for asylum seekers coming to Ireland under the relevant EU relocation programme. The Government has decided to establish Emergency Reception and Orientation Centres (EROC) to accommodate persons arriving in Ireland from each of these cohorts. The length of time that either cohort will spend in these centres will be very limited and therefore presents no issues of concern.