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Government should withdraw flawed Immigration legislation – Ó Clochartaigh

3 December, 2015

Sinn Féin’s Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has called on the government to withdraw the legislation aimed at overhauling Ireland’s immigration system.  Speaking during debate on the International Protection Bill 2015, Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“This legislation is seriously flawed and is not fit for purpose.

“It fails to deal with the appalling system of Direct Provision and with the people who have been languishing in it for years.

“In its current form it leaves them with no hope and without any light at the end of the tunnel.

“From a legislative aspect the bill is a disaster and should be scrapped.

“People’s lives are at stake and for the government to ram this through the Houses is a disgrace and shows a total disregard for the human rights of vulnerable asylum seekers.

“For the past year-and-a-half, I have listened to Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and his Labour party colleague Senator Ivana Bacik give lengthy and emotional speeches about the awfulness of Direct Provision.

“Deputy Ó Ríordáin is on the record as saying that he would not as Minister of State for Justice stand over such a system.

“Yet today in the Seanad, both Senator Bacik and Minister Ó Ríordáin and their Labour party colleagues welcomed this appalling legislation and sacrificed any pretence they may have had regarding the welfare and human right of the men, women and children in Direct Provision, and all in the interest of what is left of their own political careers.

“It would appear that the bleeding heart liberals in Labour have finally been exposed for what they are – second rate politicians clinging to the swiftly fading vestiges of right-wing political power.”

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