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Shameful direct provision system must be scrapped – Mitchell

20 July, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Denise Mitchell TD has said it is totally unacceptable that any child should continue to grow up in Ireland’s direct provision system and has called for the system to be scrapped.

Reacting to the publication of a Report into the situation in direct provision centres by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Deputy Mitchell said:

“The continued failure of the Government to dismantle the direct provision system in this State is shameful. Direct provision is a system which forces children to grow up in poverty and which excludes those in direct provision centres from wider society.

“The report outlines how children feel they are being treated unfairly, that they feel unsafe and that they are frequently subjected to insensitive treatment in the centres. This is coupled with a feeling that they cannot enjoy a normal social life due to lack of transport, clothing and money. The children also criticise the dirty and overcrowded conditions in these centres and the standard of food available.

“Direct provision denies a person autonomy in almost every aspect of their lives and that cannot be allowed to continue. I hope the Government will listen to the voices of these children and young people and make immediate moves to end the cruel and inhumane direct provision system, and replace it with a system which is more appropriate, based on international best practice, and provides dignity and autonomy to vulnerable persons.” 

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