Firm that runs Globe House in Sligo got €5.8m in 2016

The firm that runs Direct Provision centres for asylum seekers in Sligo town and in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, received €5.8 million last year.

Bridgestock caters for about 500 asylum seekers.

The €5.8m it received last year brings to €86 million the firm has received since 2000.

Bridgestock has been providing full board residential style accommodation services for asylum seekers at Globe House in Sligo since 2004.

Bridgestock describes itself as a leading provider of facilities management and related services to both the public and private sectors.

The services include food and beverage catering, child care, standard office, industrial and specialist cleaning services, security management services, portering, hospitality and accommodation services.

Figures from the Department of Justice show that a total of eight contractors operating Direct Provision centres around the country were paid a total of €43.5 million last year.