New Accommodation Centre opening in Ennis

 

·         Clare Lodge Accommodation Centre offered through the tendering process

·         Will provide accommodation for up to 64 people

·         Location had previously operated as a centre

 

10th December 2019

 

As a result of the recent nationwide tendering process for accommodation for international protection applicants, the Department of Justice and Equality will be opening a new accommodation centre in Ennis, Co. Clare.  

 

The Clare Lodge, which previously operated as a Centre from 2001-2009 will provide accommodation for up to 64 adults who will arrive at the centre on a phased basis.

 

The Department is engaging with local elected representatives to ensure that they are fully informed about developments.  Information will also be provided to the local community.

 

Direct Provision is a whole of government system of service provision and the Department of Justice and Equality is also working with other Departments including the Department of Health, the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to ensure that the necessary services are in place to support the residents.

 

The Minister of State with responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD said:

 

“We are working to improve the standards in our Direct Provision Centres right across the State.  I am very pleased that the Clare Lodge Accommodation Centre  will provide independent living for residents with cooking facilities and an onsite food hall where groceries can be obtained.

 

The people of Ennis were warm and welcoming to the residents of the previous accommodation centre that operated in the town and I look forward to the establishment of a Friends of the Centre Group which will help promote integration opportunities between residents and the local community.”