154. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of refugee women and children coming to County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5074/18]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I wish to inform the Deputy that under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme, refugees have been allocated to individual counties pro-rata based on the overall population of the county in order to ensure equity in terms of distribution. Under this system 90 refugees have been allocated to Monaghan County Council for resettlement. This number comprises 22 women, 46 children and 19 men. A further 3 people will be allocated in due course.
The Local Authority of the county in question has established and is chairing an inter-agency working group. All key service providers, including my Department, are represented on the working group which oversees the resettlement process. My Department has arranged to have funding provided to the Local Authority to employ, through an implementing partner, a Resettlement Support Worker for a period of 18 months and also an Intercultural Worker for a period of 12 months who will assist the families to negotiate the early months in their new community and to access local services. This funding is partly supported by the European Union's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.