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557. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of learner drivers found to be driving unaccompanied in 2019 and in the first six months of 2020; the number that were subjected to a fine; and the number whose vehicles were impounded in tabular form. [16546/20]

558. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of adults and children remaining in direct provision centres after their leave to remain has been granted for the most recent date available. [16679/20]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, residents who have been granted an international protection status (refugee status or subsidiary protection status) or a permission to remain have the same access to housing supports and services as Irish and EEA nationals.
My Department has a specific team who work in collaboration with Depaul Ireland, the Jesuit Refugee Service, the Peter McVerry Trust, officials in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, and the City and County Managers Association to collectively support residents with status or permission to remain to access housing options.
Currently, there are some 791 residents in accommodation centres with status or permission to remain in the State. Some 259 of these residents are children.
Since the beginning of the year, a total of 562 people with status or permission to remain have transitioned out of accommodation centres. Approximately 403 of these people moved with the assistance of the services and supports outlined above.
A total of 837 persons with status moved into the community during 2019.
These figures are based on the best information available as of 30 June 2020. The figures change on a daily basis, as more people secure permission to be in Ireland and as people leave the centres. This variation has been particularly marked in the context of the current pandemic.