144. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to a protest on 25 April 2019 by a large number of residents in a direct provision centre (details supplied); if his attention has been further drawn to video footage posted on a social media platform showing the owner of the centre informing protestors that the protest will impact on them; if he or the Reception and Integration Agency have investigated the events; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22394/19]
Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): Staff members in the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) were made aware of the protest and senior management from RIA attended the centre on the date in question and over the following days. RIA was also made aware of the short video clip circulating on social media.
There was no follow up communication received by centre management or RIA from residents once the protest ended.
Staff in RIA regularly attend this centre and are available to answer queries or requests by residents. Contact can be made through regular clinics held within each centre where RIA staff are available to assist with any queries from residents. A dedicated RIA email address and phone line is also available for residents to contact RIA staff directly.