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Government must end "inhumane" Direct Provision - Mac Lochlainn

30 September, 2014 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

 Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD, Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Defence has again called on the Government to end the “inhumane” Direct Provision system. Speaking in the Dáil this evening in a Private Member’s motion on Direct Provision he stated:

“The Direct Provision system in this State is inhumane and simply not fit for purpose. It denies vulnerable people autonomy, dignity, freedom and the ability to live safe and fulfilling lives. These are the basic principles of human rights. 

“We are placing people in these centres for up to nine years at a time. This is simply unacceptable. 

“Furthermore, there is no accountability in this system.  Despite the reality that it is tax payer’s money which is paying for this system, we cannot adequately examine how the money is spent or indeed the type of food or accommodation provided. The Direct Provision system should be under the jurisdiction of the offices of both the Ombudsman and the Information Commissioner”

He concluded:

“We need to learn from the mistakes of the past and do away with what are essentially degrading and discriminatory state sanctioned institutions. There is a better and more humane way of treating asylum seekers.”

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