About Rosslare Harbour
The former Rosslare Port Lodge Hotel will open as an accommodation centre for people in the International Protection process (also known as asylum seekers) in March 2020.
The centre will eventually be home to approximately 100 people, made up of small families and single people. Residents will move into the centre on a phased basis while their claims for international protection are being examined.
The centre will include dedicated spaces for families and singles to ensure additional privacy and comfort for all residents.
The centre will facilitate independent living for residents. This means that all residents will have access to cooking facilities and an in-house food hall where they can get their groceries using a cashless points-based system.
The centre also features a dining area, recreational spaces and an onsite laundry facility.
Investing in the local community
Following an Expressions of Interest process, which was advertised by the Department last year, the Rosslare Port Lodge Hotel was offered to the Department of Justice and Equality by Codelix Ltd.
The centre will employ up to 10 locally based staff, who will oversee the management, reception, catering, housekeeping and general maintenance of the centre.
The centre has committed to sourcing all supplies from within the locality, wherever possible.
Becoming part of the community
Integration has hugely positive effects for both communities and centres alike by increasing friendships and understanding, while also building a richer multicultural community.
A Friends of the Centre group will be established in the Rosslare Harbour Accommodation Centre. This initiative aims to bring residents, community and voluntary groups together with a view to increasing integration opportunities and providing for the development of greater community linkages with the local residents and the centre.
In addition, an Activities Co-ordinator will take overall responsibility for promoting integration initiatives and opportunities for residents. The Activities Co-ordinator will develop strong collaborative working relationships with sporting, cultural and community projects and groups in the area that can cater for the recreational needs of all of residents. The Activities Co-ordinator will also help residents to find suitable employment (if they have been granted permission to access the labour market), access further education, volunteering and sporting opportunities, etc.