Watchdog demands improvements at Longford asylum centre

The watchdog has identified a small number of issues in a centre for asylum-seekers in Longford town.

Examples of good care were also found at the Richmond Court Accommodation Centre.

In March, the Reception and Integration Agency carried out an internal inspection of the centre in Richmond Court, where 77 male asylum-seekers lived at the time.

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There were several positive findings, with inspectors noting each room had cable television channels, while Sky Sports was available in the lounge.

The agency said an excellent variety of meals were offered, while all food sampled was of a high standard.

The premises was clean, with a full-time cleaner employed.

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The inspectors called for some improvements, noting fire-extinguishers needed replacement.

It was also identified that there was a leak in a bathrooms that needed repairing and redecorating, while there was a crack on a bedroom wall.

In other bedrooms, a ceiling was damaged because of a leak from a bathroom and some televisions needed replacement.

The management of the centre says it has now addressed these issues after being asked to so by the Reception and Integration Agency.