Reprieve for residents as Clondalkin Towers to remain open – Ó Broin
Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin has welcomed the news that the Clondalkin Towers Direct Provision Centre will remain open for at least two years and will see much needed improvements in cooking and recreational facilities. The news was received in a Parliamentary Question from Minister of State David Stanton.
Deputy Ó Broin continued to say that the uncertainty surrounding the tendering process highlights why Direct Provision is not the right way to provide those seeking asylum with accommodation
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Clondalkin Towers Direct Provision Centre was initially due to lose last December. The contract for the centre was then extended for six months pending the outcome of a tendering process.
“The uncertainty about the Centre’s future caused enormous worry and fear for the 250 adults and children. Closure would have resulted in the residents being moved out of Dublin and away from vital educational, medical, social and community supports.
“A strong campaign led by the residents and supported by the local community called for the Centre to remain in Clondalkin. The men, women and children living in Clondalkin Towers are part of our community.
“Thankfully, the contract has been extended and much needed improvements in cooking and recreational facilities are included in the new contract.
“Ultimately however, the uncertainty surrounding the tendering process highlights why Direct Provision is not the right way to provide those seeking asylum with accommodation.
“The Government should now use the time ahead to engage with others to design a more humane accommodation system. They should work with NGOs and the Approved Housing Body sector to put in place publicly funded, own door accommodation that would allow single people and families to live with privacy and dignity while their applications are being processed.”
Note: Please see the PQ response below
For Written Answer on : 12/03/2019
Question Number(s): 219 Question Reference(s): 12330/19
Department: Justice and Equality
Asked by: Eoin Ó Broin T.D.
To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if the tendering process for direct provision services within 40km of Newbridge, County Kildare has concluded; if so, the details of the successful bidders; if not, when it will conclude; when the successful bidders will be announced; and the effect the outcome of the process will have for the future of a direct provision centre (details supplied) after June 2019. (Details Supplied) Clondalkin Towers
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.
Four bids were submitted and placed on the framework for 40 km of Newbridge. These bids are as follows:
The Department has commenced the drawdown process in respect of those placed on the frameworks. Bidders 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 Towers Accommodation Centre 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. The contract with the Towers Accommodation Centre, as with other centres placed on this framework, will be for a minimum of two years.
The Department is continuing to roll out its public procurement process on a regional basis throughout the state in 2019. As with the competitions for Sligo and Newbridge, it will be a condition of the tender that 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.