34. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the recent alleged arson attacks on possible sites for direct provision and asylum seekers; if he has discussed the matter with the Garda Commissioner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11994/19]
Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): As the Deputy is aware, I have strongly condemned the arson attacks on possible sites for direct provision centres which have damaged property and could have led to injury or loss of life for residents and staff.
Following the recent fires in Moville, Co. Donegal and Rooskey, Co. Leitrim, officials from the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) have been liaising with all current centre managers asking them to review their security arrangements. It is important to note that accommodation centres, once they are open, enjoy good relations with local communities and local community groups and historically, the security risk to these centres are minimal.
However, RIA is also liaising directly with An Garda Siochana on a national basis to discuss potential security risks to accommodation centres and how these risks should be addressed.