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McMahon Report is a disappointing response – Adams

30 June, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams, has said that the recommendations of the McMahon report “do not deal with the real issues with Direct Provision”.

Teachta Adams said:

“The McMahon report is long overdue. It is a disappointing response to a very difficult humanitarian issue and to a Direct Provision system that has been widely condemned.

“Sinn Féin warned that the terms of reference given by the Government to the Working Group were very limited and could only result in piece-meal and sticking plaster recommendations. The report falls short of the fundamental and radical reform of the refugee and subsidiary protection application process.

“While some aspects of this report are welcome, the fact remains that the system is not fit for purpose. Direct Provision has been widely criticised both internationally and domestically and Sinn Féin continues to call for the system to be scrapped.

“Too many of the recommendations are non-committal and overly deferential in tackling the existing regime.

“Rather than copper fastening the human rights of asylum seekers, these recommendations may well have the opposite effect and actually undermine human rights.

“Furthermore, the fact that Minister Fitzgerald has already said that even these limited proposals may not be implemented is revealing. It is further evidence of this Government’s lack of real commitment to reform this inhumane system.” 

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