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34 children have spent more than 7 years in Direct Provision – Denise Mitchell TD

27 August, 2019 - by Denise Mitchell TD


Sinn Féin TD and member of the Children and Youth Affairs Committee Denise Mitchell TD has harshly criticised the government for its abandonment of children within the Direct Provision system.

In a response from the Department of Justice, it was revealed that 659 children have spent over two years in Direct provision, while 37 of those children have spent over seven years trapped in the system.

The party’s Dublin spokesperson said:

“I am simply appalled that children could be left so long in centres that are so often unfit for adults to inhabit, let alone children.

“The fact that children are being left to grow up in these privately operated quasi-detention centres is a stain on our national character.

“I am calling on the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone to urgently address this situation and explain why children have been left in direct provision for any prolonged period of time, let alone 7 years.

“The model of Direct Provision in this country is broken with minimal oversight and even less government interest. This can go on no longer.” 

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