583. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of staff allocated to the refugee documentation centre operated by the Legal Aid Board; the qualifications required by the Board for a person to work in a research capacity within the unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14221/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Legal Aid Board that the Refugee Documentation Centre is an independent library and research function which operates within the Research, Learning, and Development Unit of the Legal Aid Board. At this point in time, the Centre's primary activity is to answer research requests from various asylum agencies, including preparation of country information packs. There are 11 staff members (full-time equivalent) in the Research, Learning, and Development Unit, of whom 6 (full-time equivalent) are dedicated to Refugee Documentation Centre-related work.
Furthermore, I am advised by the Legal Aid Board that no particular specialist or technical qualifications are required to work in the Refugee Documentation Centre.