Over 4,200 people are seeking asylum in Ireland. Here’s where they live

New figures show the number of asylum seekers spread out across 17 counties

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Asylum seekers take part in a 2014 protest against direct provision outside Leinster House in Dublin | Photo: RollingNews.ie

In small Irish villages and towns, in the centre of cities, Ireland’s asylum seekers wait.

The typical application for refugee status takes over two years to process: 25 months, according to the latest figures for 2016.

In the meantime, families scrape by on meagre weekly payments – €19.10 per adult and €9.60 per child – with no access to employment or social housing.

Some 4,250 asylum seekers now live in 35 accommodation centres across the state.

The majority are run by private companies who receive government funding to the sum of around €50 million a year.

The Reception and Integration Agency, which oversees the system, has been reluctant to provide recent figures, however, for the level of funding provided to individual companies.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said earlier this month that it was “not considered prudent” to release any further breakdown, because of the ongoing tender process for services at the state-owned centres.

Department of Justice data previously released to Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan showed that the company operating the Mosney centre in Meath received €89.5 million for providing accommodation to asylum seekers between 2000 and 2010.

Among the other highest-earners were Canadian firm East Coast Catering, which was paid €78 million, and the Roscommon-based Bridgestock, which took in €50.3 million.

While current funding levels are difficult to gauge, what is available are up-to-date figures for the number of asylum seekers living in each centre.

Information provided to Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan last week, combined with a publicly-available list of current contractors, is laid out in full here:

Clare

Knockalisheen Meelick, Co Clare [state-owned]

  • Run by: Campbell Catering Ltd t/a Aramark Ireland
  • Number of residents: 206

Cork

Ashbourne HSE Hotel, Glounthane

  • Run by: Barlow Properties
  • Number of residents: 74

Kinsale Road [state-owned]

  • Run by: Campbell Catering Ltd t/a Aramark Ireland
  • Number of residents: 202

Glen Vera, Wellington Road

  • Run by: Cork Bideau Ltd
  • Number of residents: 90

Millstreet Accommodation Centre, Drishane Castle, Millstreet

  • Run by: Millstreet Equestrian Services
  • Number of residents: 236

Clonakilty Lodge, Dunmore Road, Clonakilty

  • Run by: D and A Ltd
  • Number of residents: 76

Dublin

Balseskin, St Margaret's

  • Run by: East Coast Catering (Ireland)
  • Number of residents: 210

The Towers, 9th Lock, Clondalkin

  • Run by: Fazyard Ltd
  • Number of residents: 210

Georgian Court, 77-79 Lower Gardiner Street

  • Run by: Old George Ltd
  • Number of residents: 70

Staircase, Aungier Street

  • Run by: Mo Bhaile Ltd
  • Number of residents: 21

Hatch Hall, 28A Lower Hatch Street

  • Run by: East Coast Catering (Ireland)
  • Number of residents: 103

Watergate House, 11-14 Usher Quay

  • Run by: Maison Builders Ltd
  • Number of residents: 47

Galway

Eglinton Hotel, Salthill

  • Run by: Maplestar Ltd
  • Number of residents: 172

Great Western Hostel, Frenchville Lane, Eyre Square

  • Run by: Shaun Hennelly
  • Number of residents: 144

Kerry

Atlas House, Deerpark Road, Killarney

  • Run by: OFM Ltd
  • Number of residents: 63

Atlas House, Frenchman's Lane, Tralee

  • Run by: OFM Ltd
  • Number of residents: 99

Johnson Marina, Dingle Road, Tralee

  • Run by: OFM Ltd
  • Number of residents: 68

Park Lodge, Park Road, Killarney

  • Run by: OFM Ltd
  • Number of residents: 42

Kildare

Eyre Powell, Main Street, Newbridge

  • Run by: Peachport Ltd
  • Number of residents: 58

Laois

Montague Hotel, Emo, Portlaoise

  • Run by: Fazyard Ltd
  • Number of residents: 169

Limerick

Hanratty's Hotel, Glentworth Street

  • Run by: Birch Rentals Ltd
  • Number of residents: 93

Westbourne Holiday Hostel, Courtback Avenue, Dock Road

  • Run by: Westbourne Holiday Hostel Ltd
  • Number of residents: 72

Mount Trenchard, Foynes

  • Run by: Baycaster Ltd
  • Number of residents: 78

Stephanie Nganga (5) and Tatiana Nganga (8) take part in a 2015 demonstration | Photo: RollingNews.ie

Longford

Richmond Court, Richmond Street

  • Run by: Mint Horizon Ltd
  • Number of residents: 70

Louth

Carroll Village, Long Walk, Dundalk [self-catering]

  • Run by: East Coast Catering (Ireland)
  • Number of residents: 57

Mayo

Old Convent, Abbey Street, Ballyhaunis

  • Run by: Bridgestock
  • Number of residents: 178

Meath

Mosney

  • Run by: Mosney Plc
  • Number of residents: 178 

Monaghan

St Patrick's Accommodation Centre, Drumgoask

  • Run by: Tattonward Ltd
  • Number of residents: 140

Sligo

Globe House, Chapel Hill

  • Run by: Bridgestock
  • Number of residents: 160

Tipperary 

Bridgewater House, Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir

  • Run by: Millstreet Equestrian Services
  • Number of residents: 92

Waterford

Atlantic House, Railway Square, Tramore

  • Run by: Atlantic Blue Ltd
  • Number of residents: 70

Ocean View, the Esplanade, Tramore

  • Run by: Ocean View Accommodation Ltd
  • Number of residents: 66

Ursuline Complex [Birchwood], Ballytruckle Road

  • Run by: Stompool Investments Ltd
  • Number of residents: 90

Viking House, Coffee House Lane

  • Run by: Millstreet Equestrian Services
  • Number of residents: 68

Westmeath

Athlone Accommodation Centre, Lissywoollen, Athlone [state-owned]

  • Run by: Campbell Catering Ltd t/a Aramark Ireland
  • Number of residents: 251