End inhumane Direct Provision – Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams has described the direct provision system for refugees as inhumane.
Mr Adams was speaking during a visit to the direct provision centre in Mosney where he was accompanied by Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh and Councillor Emer Ferguson.
Gerry Adams said;
“The government says it wants to speed up the length of time it takes to process people in Direct Provision centres like Mosney.
“However, Sinn Féin has called on the government to end this inhumane system entirely.
“The Direct Provision system institutionalises people, damages mental health, denies families privacy and forces idleness upon people.
“At the end of last year 1,666 children were living in this system. Many of them have spent their entire childhoods in the system.
“All of this is absolutely unnecessary. The Minister for Justice, Frances FitzGerald could abolish the direct provision system tomorrow.
“It has no legislative basis whatsoever. It was a rush job by Fianna Fáil back in 1999, dictated by the values of cronyism, lack of accountability and poor institutional oversight.
“The only people who are benefiting from any of this are those private companies to which money is being paid. I believe this money could be much better spent.
“People in direct provision are seeking a right to live with dignity, to parent their children and to fulfil their potential. They want to add to Irish society, not take away from it.
“Sinn Fein seeks a robust, efficient and humane system that addresses the needs of individuals and families in the system, which is beneficial to society and is cost effective for the state.”