Direct Provision system for asylum seekers 'not fit for purpose'

A new report into Direct Provision in Ireland has found it is "not fit for purpose" and residents are being "failed".

The Public Service Oversight Committee is publishing the full report later, following a series of interviews with residents and staff at the centres in Galway, Foynes, Mosney and Clondalkin.

Protest at a Direct Provision Centre in Glounthaune, Co Cork

Its members say they are concerned with the quality of accommodation at the centres, as well as the complaints process.

Chair of the committee, Pádraig MacLochlainn, outlined some of their recommendations.

"We need to speed up the system of application," he said.

"We need a single application system whereby people are not locked down for years.

"We need to allow, as is the case in every other country in Europe, after somebody is here for nine months, they have to have the right to work.

"We can't have people languishing for up to 11 years in this system. We need to give people more than €19 a week to live on."


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