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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]

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Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): 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