99. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the criteria transgender persons in direct provision must meet to be accommodated in centres of their preferred gender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38109/18]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): All persons seeking international protection are offered accommodation under regulation (7) of the European Communities (reception conditions) Regulations 2018. In offering that accommodation a number of factors are considered including whether a person requires any special reception needs
Where a person concerned has disclosed their self-determined identity to the Reception and Integration Agency, they are, in so far as is possible and practicable, assigned accommodation based on their needs. At any time during a recipient’s stay in an accommodation centre, the option to request a transfer to a more suitable centre is also available to them. The policy of the Reception and Integration Agency is to promote equality, prevent discrimination and protect the human rights of all. Staff within accommodation centres receive regular training to equip them with the skills to support all residents.