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Minister should make a statement regarding President’s aborted visit to Asylum Centre - Gerry Adams TD

8 October, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has called on the Minister for Justice to make a statement to the Dáil explaining the circumstances whereby President Michael D Higgins was recently prevented from visiting an Asylum Accommodation Centre.

Speaking in the Dáil today, Gerry Adams raised with the Taoiseach a Government promise in the Programme for Government, “to reform the immigration, residency and asylum systems…and to set out rights and obligations in a transparent way.” 

“There is anything but transparency for these people. I note that Uachtarán, Michael D Higgins, was stopped from visiting and Asylum Accommodation Centre recently.”

He asked that the Minister for Justice to come into the Dáil and make a statement on the matter.

On the wider issue of accommodation centres, Mr Adams said: 

“I visited the Mosney centre where some people have been for over a decade. Will the government honour its promise and give certainty to these people and end Direct Provision and the centres associated with this inhumane process?”

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