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Adams welcomes imminent publication of McMahon report on Direct Provision

9 June, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the Taoiseach’s confirmation today that the McMahon report on the Direct Provision system will be published in the next two weeks.

Teachta Adams said:

“The McMahon report has been anticipated for some months. The delay in its publication has been a source of concern.

“Last month, I was told by the Taoiseach that the report would be published by the end of May. Today in response to a Dáil question from myself, the Taoiseach said that the Report of the McMahon working group will be given to the Minister for Justice in two weeks and that the government will allow a debate in the Dáil on its content. This is essential.

“Yesterday, Emily Logan, the Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission raised her concerns about the direct provision system in speaking to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

“The Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions recently published a comprehensive report on the Direct Provision system. It concluded that the system is ‘not fit for purpose’. The report will be debated in the Dáil on Friday.

“Two weeks ago, the Ombudsman for Children expressed concerns about children in the Direct Provision system.

“The Special Rapporteur on Child Protection has repeatedly raised his concern that the state may well be in breach of human rights treaties because of the length of time children are held in the system. And HIQA has also produced a further disturbing report on the same issue.

“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. There are 1529 children among them.

“The system should be scrapped and a new process, based on international best practice, introduced.” 

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