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The Séamus McEnaney firm receives € 15.78 million in “direct provision” payments from the State

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Last year, a company controlled by Monaghan GAA football manager Seamus “Banty” McEnaney received € 15.78 million in payments from the state for housing asylum seekers.

The € 15.78 million paid to Mr McEnaney’s Brimwood Ltd, which includes VAT, was the highest amount paid to a single company by the state last year for the accommodation of asylum seekers.

Mr McEnaney’s company was the only company to receive fees above 15 million euros, with four other companies having received payments in excess of 10 million euros. All figures include VAT.

The five best paid companies share 64 million euros.

Figures from the Department for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth order forms show Millstreet Equestrian Services received € 14.6 million, Mosney Holidays plc has received € 12.19 million, Bridgestock Care Ltd received € 11.09 million and Townbe Ltd received € 10.36. million.

Five other companies received fees of between 5 and 10 million euros: East Coast Catering received 9.2 million euros; Travelodge received 8.7 million euros; Campbell Catering Ltd, owned by Aramark, received € 7 million; Fazyard Ltd received 7.3 million euros and Next Week & Co Ltd received 6.39 million euros.

Expenses

The increase in payments to direct-sourced businesses came as direct-sourcing spending climbed 41% from € 129.4 million in 2019 to € 183 million last year.

Seamus McEnaney already operates the Westenra Arms Hotel business in the town of Monaghan. On the pitch, he led the Monaghan footballers to an Ulster final this year where they were beaten by future winners All-Ireland Tyrone.

Earlier this year, Monaghan GAA suspended Mr McEnaney for 12 weeks after it emerged that county footballers had broken Covid-19 rules by hosting a training session.

Brimwood, 53, has received € 15.78million for housing asylum seekers at eight properties in Co Monaghan, Co Meath, Co Louth, Co Cavan and Dublin with a combined capacity of 496 in 2020.

The properties operated by Brimwood are listed as Dún Na Rí House Hotel (40); Manor Hotel from the airport (80); Hotel Carnbeg (84); Setanta guest house (51); Maison Alverne (30); San Giovanni House (25); Lisanisk House Hotel (50) and Treacy’s Hotel (136).

Grand hotelier

In addition to Travelodge receiving € 8.7 million, two companies operated by another large hotelier, Dalata, received a combined fee of € 4.1 million.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Children, Equality, Handicap, Integration and Youth confirmed that the planning of the purchase of real estate is well advanced, the development of a system income assistance for applicants for international protection and the integration assistance system which will apply in a new system which consists of replacing direct provision.

The spokesperson said that the new model “is centered on human rights and will be operated on a not-for-profit basis. The new model is expected to be operational by December 2024. ”

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