Saturday 24 March 2018

State paid firm €89m to house asylum seekers

Gordon Deegan

A COMPANY has been paid over €89m by the State in a decade to provide accommodation to asylum seekers.

The Co Meath-based Mosney firm received the payment for providing accommodation for asylum seekers at the former holiday camp at Mosney, which can house 600 people. The firm is led by Co Louth businessman Phelim McCloskey.

In new information provided to Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan (Independent), Justice Minister Alan Shatter said the State had paid €655.5m to firms and individuals to provide accommodation to asylum seekers between 2000 and 2010.

The figures show that along with Mosney, three other firms received payments of over €40m during that period.

The Department of Justice confirmed that at the end of last December, there were 4,829 asylum seekers living in 35 centres in 17 counties.

Ms O'Sullivan described the sums paid as "incredible" and said delays in processing applications were "unacceptable".

Irish Independent

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