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Sinn Féin calls on government to phase out Direct Provision - Ó Clochartaigh

20 November, 2014

Sinn Féin’s representative on the Oireachtas All-Party Group on Direct Provision has called on the government to begin the process of phasing out the system.  

Speaking after a rally at the gates of Leinster House to highlight the numbers of children in Direction Provision, Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“Today is Universal Children’s Day and its time the government put in place a programme to phase out Direct Provision.

“According to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs there are currently 4,353 people living in Direct Provision.  Over 38 percent of these are children – that’s almost 1,655 children living in 34 centres around the country.

“In light of the Irish state’s troubled and inhumane history of dealing with vulnerable children one would imagine it would have learned something by now.

“However the continuation of Direct Provision by the current government shatters any hope that the lessons of the past have finally penetrated the mind-set of official Ireland.

“Direct Provision is costly and inhumane, and totally unsuitable for children.

“It has no statuary basis in law and could if the political will was there, be abolished or phased out tomorrow.

“Sinn Féin is calling on the government to do the right thing and abolish this draconian and cruel system.”

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