Updated: 01/10/16 : 07:33:09Printable Version
THERE WERE 162 immigrants in direct provision in Sligo town at the end of August.
These are housed at Globe House on Chapel Hill and there are 35 such centres in the State, the Dail heard on Thursday.
David Stanton, the junior minister for Justice was responding to TD Roisin Shortall.
Some companies are managing several centres and the Sligo company, Bridgestock, is also involved at Ballyhuanis in Mayo.
That limited company is headed up by Michael Gillen, confirms correspondence between the State and the Sligo centre contractor.
Meanwhile, the contracted capacity in Sligo is 226 and there were 200 residents during a statutory inspection in March last.
That inspection found issues with fire doors in the mens block and the residents kitchen.
However, the person carrying out the inspection is not tasked with ensuring compliance with fire regulations.
Sligo Centre manager David Kelly confirmed in July that the various items highlighted by the inspector had been rectified.
The annual State grant paid to these companies is only available up to 2013.