26. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her plans for the direct provision system; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17152/16 asked on 22 Jun 2016 - Direct Provision System)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Government has indicated its commitment in the Programme for a Partnership Government to reforming the Direct Provision system, with particular focus on families and children. The Report of the Working Group on Improvements to the Protection Process, including Direct Provision and Supports to Asylum Seekers, has set out a series of recommendations for reform of the system. These have implications for a number of Go...

36. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to reform or abolish direct provision; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10140/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Direct Provision System)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As per the Programme for Government long durations in direct provision are acknowledged to have a negative impact on family life. We are therefore committed to reforming the Direct Provision system, with particular focus on families and children. The report of the Working Group to Government on Improvements to the Protection Process, including Direct Provision and Supports to Asylum Seekers, otherwise known as the McMa...

321. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to change the practice in direct provision which precludes asylum seekers from accessing kitchen facilities and cooking their own food. (Question 6667/16 asked on 14 Apr 2016 - Direct Provision System)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy is no doubt referencing the report of the Working Group to Government in Improvements to the Protection Process, including Direct Provision and Supports to Asylum Seekers, otherwise known as the McMahon Report. That Report documented some 173 recommendations, 100 of which have been addressed to some extent. Access to cooking facilities is referred to in one of the recommendations - 4.75.
The Terms of Reference of the Wor...

322. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the companies which provide food in the direct provision centres. (Question 6668/16 asked on 14 Apr 2016 - Direct Provision System)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): It is important to note that there are 35 accommodation centres contracted by my Department for the accommodation of those seeking international protection. While some of those centres are self-catering, the vast majority operate a direct provision service in line with Government policy.
I am unable to provide details of the companies which provide food in accommodation centres. My Department does not deal directly with any food su...