About Dominick Street Complex, Galway City

About the Centre

An accommodation centre for families in the International Protection process (also known as asylum seekers) will open in the Dominick Street area of Galway City in September.

Residents will move into the centre on a phased basis while their claims for international protection are being examined. The maximum capacity of the centre will be around 140 people.

Accommodation

The centre comprises 30 apartments and 5 townhouses, all of which are own-door and will facilitate independent living for the families, in line with National Standards for accommodation centres adopted last year. The accommodation varies from 1-2 bedroomed self-contained units with fully equipped kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms,

All residents will have access to an in-house food hall where they can get their groceries using a cashless system. This type of accommodation also ensures additional privacy and comfort for everyday family living.

In addition, there will be a communal area on the ground floor of the apartments with a reception office and multi-functional meeting rooms for residents. This will include an indoor children’s play facility, a library and a games room for teenagers.

Investing in the local community

The centre was offered to the Department by Keldesso Limited as part of an open regional procurement process for the Western Region run by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP).

The Centre will employ locally based staff where possible, 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 Dominick Street Complex. 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.

If you are interested in getting involved and becoming a Friend of the Centre, please click here.

In addition, a Social Liaison/Integration Officer will take overall responsibility for promoting integration initiatives and opportunities for residents. The Social Liaison/Integration Officer 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.