648. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of private operators running direct provision centres; the number of centres each private operator runs; and the amount paid to each of these providers in each of the years 2009 to 2016 and to date in 2017. [38334/17]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): All accommodation centres for those persons seeking protection, whether State-owned or privately owned, are operated by commercial companies. There are currently 32 accommodation centres being operated under the direct provision system. The information requested by the Deputy in relation to details of current centre location and contractor is set out in the table.
Contractors for Accommodation Centres

County Centre Address Contractor State or Privately Owner
Clare Knockalisheen Meelick Campbell Catering t/a Aramark Ireland State
Cork Ashbourne House Glounthaune Barlow Properties Private
Kinsale Road Cork City Campbell Catering t/a Aramark Ireland State
Glenvera Wellington Road Bideau Ltd Private
Millstreet Millstreet Millstreet Equestrian Services Private
Clonakilty Lodge Clonakilty D and A Limited Private
Dublin The Towers Ninth Lock Road, Clondalkin Fazyard Limited Private
Georgian Court 77-79 Lower Gardiner Street Old George Ltd Private
Hatch Hall 28 Lower Hatch Street East Coast Catering (Ireland) Private
Balseskin St. Margarets, Finglas, Dublin 11 East Coast Catering (Ireland) Private
Watergate House 11-14 Usher's Quay, Dublin 8 Maison Builders Ltd Private
Galway Eglinton The Proms, Salthill Maplestar Ltd Private
Great Western House Eyre Square Shaun Hennelly Private
 Kerry Atlas House (Killarney) Killarney OFM Limited State
Atlas House (Tralee) Tralee OFM Limited State
Johnston Marina Tralee OFM Limited State
Park Lodge Killarney OFM Limited State
Kildare Eyrepowell Newbridge Peachport Ltd Private
Laois Montague Emo Fazyard Ltd Private
Limerick Hanratty's Glentworth Street, Limerick Birch Rentals Ltd Private
Mount Trenchard Foynes Baycaster Ltd Private
Longford Richmond Court Richmond Street, Longford Mint Horizon Ltd Private
Louth Carroll Village Dundalk East Coast Catering (Ireland) Private
Mayo The Old Convent Ballyhaunis Bridgestock Private
Meath Mosney Mosney Mosney PLC Private
Monaghan St. Patricks Monaghan Tattonward Ltd Private
Sligo Globe House Chapel Hill Bridgestock Private
Waterford Atlantic House Tramore Atlantic Blue Ltd Private
Ocean View Tramore Ocean View Accommodation Ltd  Private
Birchwood Ballytruckle Road Stompool Ltd Private
Viking House Coffee House Lane Millstreet Equestrian Services Private
Westmeath Athlone Athlone Campbell Catering t/a Aramark Ireland State

Since the start of 2016, 3 accommodation centres have been closed - The Staircase in Dublin, Bridgewater House in County Tipperary and Westbourne Lodge in County Limerick.
Extensive and detailed information on the amount paid by my Department to each company contracted to provide direct provision accommodation every year up to and including 2014 can be found on the RIA website under the 'Contract Values' section of the website. This is in accordance with the Reception & Integration Agency's policy on disclosure of financial information which was agreed with the Office of the Information Commissioner. The Deputy will appreciate that it is not appropriate to provide values for current contracts entered into by my Department. Negotiations take place with a number of commercial entities on an ongoing basis with a clear focus on achieving the best value for money in respect of each contract. It is not in the interests of yielding best value for the taxpayer that details of current individual contracts are made available to other commercial bodies who are, or may be in the future, engaged in these negotiations.