Private companies making enormous profits from human misery – Ó Clochartaigh
Sinn Féin’s Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has questioned the government’s spending on Direct Provision. Speaking in response to revelations that private companies are making massive profits from running the system, Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:
“The reality is that private companies are making a hefty and obscene profit from Direct Provision.
“The State pays firms about €50 million a year to provide bed and board for more than 4,000 asylum seekers at 34 direct provision centres across the country.
“This appalling system is now a very lucrative business with some speculators making profits in excess of €10.8 million, while accumulated profits come to €25 million.
“It is shocking to think that people are actually making what can only be described as an immoral profit out of the misery and vulnerability of other human beings.
“The entire Direct Provision project is a costly and inhumane disaster.
“In light of the revelation that money is being squirrelled away in unlimited off-shore companies that conceal the full extent of the profiteering going on, one has to question the government’s commitment to accountability and transparency.
“Minister Fitzgerald needs to immediately clarify the government’s position on Direct Provision.
“ Minister for State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has stated very clearly that he finds the system repugnant, so I think we are entitled to know what Minister Fitzgerald and Fine Gael’s position is on the issue.
“In the interest of the human rights of asylum seekers we should immediately begin the process of phasing this system out.
“We agree with Sue Conlan from the Refugee Council that in the interim, a move towards self-catering within the current system would give residents dignity and independence.”END