Complaints to Ombudsman ‘underline need to end Direct Provision system’ – Mitchell
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs, Denise Mitchell TD, has said the fact that 13 complaints have been made by children living in Direct Provision centres to the Ombudsman in the last four months, or by those acting on their behalf, further underlines why the Direct Provision system needs to be ended.
Deputy Mitchell said:
“There are 1,200 children in Direct Provision centres who find themselves excluded from wider society. Issued raised by children include criticism of the standard of food available, overcrowding, availability of play and leisure facilities and access to transport to get to appointments.
“Many Direct Provision centres are in rural settings and without adequate transport facilities it can be almost impossible for children to make appointments and socialise outside of their centre. This seriously restricts the autonomy of these young people.
“What we need to see is an ending of the Direct Provision system in Ireland and its replacement with a system which is based on international best-practice and which provides dignity and autonomy to asylum seekers.”