Criticism of the Direct Provision System grows
In the last five weeks there have been at least nine separate articles in Irish Newspapers critical of the Direct Provision system in which Asylum Seekers are required to live. Some of these have been linked to on this website. (See below. Those repeating similar content have been omitted.
These articles have listed the criticism and concerns of notable individuals in Irish Society including; retired Supreme Court Judge, Catherine McGuinness, Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, Geoffery Shannon, the Government-appointed Special Rapporteur for Children and the new Child and Family Agency’s Chairwoman, Norah Gibbons. In today’s Irish Times (6 August 2013) Dr Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law and director of clinical legal education at UCD School of Law adds his voice to the discussion of the Direct Provision System.
Criticism of the Direct Provision system has been levelled due to a number of reasons
Today (6 August 2013) another two Articles appear – one in The Irish Examiner focusing on Child Abuse allegations in Direct Accommodation Centres that have been reported to the HSE and echoing the overall unsuitability of the Direct Provision System. Read more The Second Article in the Irish Times written by Dr Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law and director of clinical legal education at UCD School of Law questions the legal basis for the Direct provision System. Read more
These articles are bringing the government under increasing pressure to act. While it is intended to bring the long awaited Immigration and Residence Bill before the Dail this year (for the third time) this will legislate for future Asylum Seekers who come to Ireland it will not change the situation of those already here. It is our hope that the Government will listen to this growing criticism. We hope it will act to resolve and to end what we, on this website, have referred to on many occasions as “enforced idleness” and “a state of limbo.” Forcing people to live years beyond the intended six months that the Direct Provision was designed for is unjust and a waste of life.