45. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans for a hotel (details supplied) to remain serving as a refugee centre. [12006/19]
Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): Following the completion of the assessment of tenders received following a public procurement process, the Department of Justice & Equality has formed a framework for centres within a 40km radius of Newbridge to provide accommodation and ancillary services for persons seeking protection through the international protection process. The Hazel Hotel was one of the bids submitted and placed on this framework.
Successful bidders placed on the framework must commence a mobilisation period to carry out all works required to deliver on their proposals. It is a condition of the tender that all residents will be able to cook meals of their own choice and that families will have access to designated living areas where they can carry out normal family activities outside of their bedrooms.
Contracts will be commenced on completion of the mobilisation works. Contracts are for an initial 2 year period with two potential extensions of one year each.
I am pleased that the Hazel Hotel has been successful in being placed on the framework and following the completion of the mobilisation works, residents will enjoy greater autonomy and independence in the centre. As with other contracts under these frameworks, the Hazel Hotel will provide services for a minimum of two years.