There has been a call in the Dáil on the HSE to urgently carry out an unannounced inspection of a direction provision centre where there was a coronavirus outbreak.

Fianna Fáil TD Norma Foley said there have been 26 cases of Covid-19 at the Skellig Star centre in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry.

As a matter of public safety, she called for an immediate inspection of the premises and asked that it is shut down if it fails this inspection.

The HSE's Chief Executive said he would ensure there was a response from the Executive's team on the group.

Paul Reid said there has been ongoing collaboration between the HSE and the Department of Justice about the centre.

But he repeatedly pointed out that there was an obligation on the owners of  Direct Provision centres to implement health advice. 

He said he had recently discussed the Cahersiveen centre with the Secretary General at the Department of Justice.

Norma Foley told the Dáil that residents are continuing to share rooms even though they are not relatives and there is "absolutely no social distancing given the size of the premises".

This includes a shared laundry room, elevator, and shared small public spaces, she said.

The Kerry TD asked if it was accurate of the Department of Justice to claim that the HSE did not inform it of a Covid-19 case at a Travelodge in Dublin on 8 March.

She asked, too, if the HSE nationally signed off on the moving of a large number of asylum seekers from that Travelodge to Cahersiveen without carrying out any Covid-19 testing.

Mr Reid committed to providing written answers to these questions.