Time to end Direct Provision – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice and Equality has this morning called time on Direct Provision, stating that it is a broken model which is not fit for purpose.
Teachta Ó Laoghaire said;
“There is a great deal of public attention on direct provision currently. Despite efforts by those who seek to sow division, many communities have responded with a great welcome to asylum seekers due to arrive in their towns. They should be commended for that.
"However there is no doubt in my mind, we look at a model of Direct Provision, a model which is broken. It is a system which effectively warehouses those seeking asylum in this country for prolonged periods of time.
“Families are left in limbo while the system that is supposed to assist them does nothing but fail them.
“It’s time this government admitted as much. We have reached a point where this model is no longer sustainable. It is not humane, efficient, nor affordable.
“It has cost the taxpayer €1.25b since 2001, it costs the state €40,000 per annum for a parent and 2 children.
“It is in effect a cash cow for those private companies who operate within it. We look at the amount spent on these centres each year and it is nothing short of astonishing.
“It is a highly profitable model, profiting from the hardship & misery of others.
“We need to move to a model which would restore both basic decency and dignity to the process of seeking asylum.
"In Sinn Féin’s view, this should include the right to work, own door accommodation provided by not for profits and housing associations, and own door accommodation as well as a better fairer process for seeking asylum.
"I believe that the public appetite is there for change. The Minister needs to grasp it.
“These are this generations Magdalene Laundries, something we will come to greatly regret and are a blemish on the face of Irish society.
“Direct Provision has run its course; and it is high time it was ended.”