Adams welcomes call for replacement of Direct Provision System
Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the publication this morning of the report by the Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petition s on the Direct Provision system.
Gerry Adams has twice visited the Direct Provision Centre at Mosney.
Teachta Adams said:
“I welcome the publication of the comprehensive report by the Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions on the Direct Provision system and its conclusion that the system is ‘not fit for purpose’.
“I support its call for the current system to be replaced with a reception system that ‘respects the dignity of all persons in line with best international human rights practice.’
“The report also concludes that the delay in processing applications is inexcusable and that the weekly allowance is insufficient and derisory.
“The Direct Provision system has been in place for 15 years. It was originally intended to accommodate asylum seekers for six months. Today, almost half of the 4,324 people living in the system have been there for five years and many have been there longer than that. This includes 1529 children.
“The Joint Committee makes a series of very useful recommendations that would transform the current system and the punitive living conditions of refugees.
“I support the Joint Committee’s recommendations, including its proposals that:
· The Reception and Integration Agency establish a pre-Ombudsman independent complaints system
· That the jurisdiction of the Ombudsman for Public Service and the Ombudsman for Children be extended to include the Direct Provision System, the Reception and Integration Agency, as well as the administration of the law relating to immigration and naturalisation.
· That the remit of the Freedom of Information Acts be extended to include the Direct Provision System, the Reception and Integration Agency as well as the administration of the law relating to immigration and naturalisation and that the Information Commissioner also has oversight of the system.
· That the Irish government should honour our international human rights obligations and ‘opt-in to the recast of Directive 2003/9 – Directive 2013/33.’
· That residents ‘should be permitted to work to maintain their skills.’
· That all women residents should have access to a female GP.
“The Direct Provision System is a shameful and totally unacceptable system. It reflects an attitude which in previous years created the dreadful Magdalene laundries and the industrial schools.
“It should be dismantled and a new, more humane and transparent and accountable system, based on internationally accepted protocols, should be put in place which provides dignity for those who are fleeing torture and hardship and want to build a new life in a new place.”