Updated: 03/10/16 : 05:37:12
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Local immigrant services company got 40 million

THE COMPANY managing services to immigrants in Sligo and Mayo received 40 million in a five year period up to 2015.

This is the largest payment to any service provider across the State.

Bridgestock is a private commercial concern which has been providing the services at Globe House in Sligo since 2004 and at the Old Convent in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo since 2001.

The new financial details are contained in an analysis by the Office of Comptroller & Auditor General.

A total of 251 million was paid to all service providers said The Journal.ie website on Saturday.

A total of 35 direct provision centres had capacity to accommodate over 5,400 people, figures show for December 2015.

Only seven of the current national centres for immigrants and refugees are State-owned, with two companies delivering services there.

The other 28 centres are owned and operated by 22 commercial suppliers -- including Bridgestock.

Dublin TD Roisin Shortall had sought the details of all payments in the Dail last Thursday afternoon -- and failed.

Junior Justice Minister David Stanton explained these figures were only available up to 2013.

Now, the figures for 2010 to 2015 have emerged separately because of a study by the Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General.

See Sligo Today 1/10/2016