322. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the companies which provide food in the direct provision centres. [6668/16]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): It is important to note that there are 35 accommodation centres contracted by my Department for the accommodation of those seeking international protection. While some of those centres are self-catering, the vast majority operate a direct provision service in line with Government policy.
I am unable to provide details of the companies which provide food in accommodation centres. My Department does not deal directly with any food supplier as this is a matter between the relevant supplier and the contractor in each centre. Food prepared daily in each centre is managed by the contracted service provider in line with the contract specification.  Menus are developed for each centre taking into account the diverse nationalities of residents in each centre.