New figures show the number of asylum seekers spread out across 17 counties
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:
Knockalisheen Meelick, Co Clare [state-owned]
Ashbourne HSE Hotel, Glounthane
Kinsale Road [state-owned]
Glen Vera, Wellington Road
Millstreet Accommodation Centre, Drishane Castle, Millstreet
Clonakilty Lodge, Dunmore Road, Clonakilty
Balseskin, St Margaret's
The Towers, 9th Lock, Clondalkin
Georgian Court, 77-79 Lower Gardiner Street
Staircase, Aungier Street
Hatch Hall, 28A Lower Hatch Street
Watergate House, 11-14 Usher Quay
Eglinton Hotel, Salthill
Great Western Hostel, Frenchville Lane, Eyre Square
Atlas House, Deerpark Road, Killarney
Atlas House, Frenchman's Lane, Tralee
Johnson Marina, Dingle Road, Tralee
Park Lodge, Park Road, Killarney
Eyre Powell, Main Street, Newbridge
Montague Hotel, Emo, Portlaoise
Hanratty's Hotel, Glentworth Street
Westbourne Holiday Hostel, Courtback Avenue, Dock Road
Mount Trenchard, Foynes
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Richmond Court, Richmond Street
Carroll Village, Long Walk, Dundalk [self-catering]
Old Convent, Abbey Street, Ballyhaunis
St Patrick's Accommodation Centre, Drumgoask
Globe House, Chapel Hill
Bridgewater House, Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir
Atlantic House, Railway Square, Tramore
Ocean View, the Esplanade, Tramore
Ursuline Complex [Birchwood], Ballytruckle Road
Viking House, Coffee House Lane
Athlone Accommodation Centre, Lissywoollen, Athlone [state-owned]