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Mac Lochlainn raises direct provision centres scandal with the Taoiseach

9 October, 2013 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Sinn Féin justice spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has raised his party’s serious concerns with the Taoiseach about the findings of inspection reports on direct provision centres used to house asylum seekers and their families across the state.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “The findings in these reports have to be the final nail in the coffin of the shameful direct provision system.

“I have today appealed to the Taoiseach to address this scandal in the forthcoming, updated Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill and to bring this system to an end."

He continued:  “It has been said that the treatment of the families and particularly the children in these centres is today’s version of the neglect previous generations suffered in institutions such as the Magdalene Laundries. How long can we ignore a system that leaves a family of six sleeping in a single room, emergency exits blocked and breaches in child protection as outlined in these inspection reports?

“How can we leave hundreds of families living in these centres for years on end with no right to work and with their dignity taken away? The Children’s Ombudsman, Emily Logan and the former Ombudsman, Emily O’ Reilly have spoken out against this system. It is simply wrong and shameful. It is now time for the government to act.”

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