Dáil Éireann - Volume 638 - 27 September, 2007

Written Answers. - Asylum Support Services.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if persons (details supplied) will be transferred to alternative hostel or temporary accommodation to accommodate both parents and their child; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21281/07]

  Deputy Brian Lenihan: The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) is responsible for the accommodation of asylum seekers through the Government policy of direct provision and dispersal.

The female parent named in the details provided with this question is currently availing of RIA accommodation at Millstreet Accommodation Centre, Cork. The male parent named is not availing of RIA accommodation and is at a private address. The RIA has no role in respect of asylum seekers residing in private accommodation.

However, should the male parent present himself at the RIA office in Timberlay House, Mount Street seeking to be accommodated with his spouse, the RIA will consider arrangements for the placement of this family in direct provision accommodation.