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Proposed legislation will do nothing for people in Direct Provision – Ó Clochartaigh

8 January, 2015

Sinn Féin’s Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has given a guarded welcome to the announcement that the government is soon to public legislation aimed at streamlining the asylum process.  

Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“I welcome the announcement that the government is finally going to introduce a single procedure for people applying for asylum in Ireland.

“The speeding up of the asylum process is long overdue and the new legislation will bring us into line with other European countries.

“The current system is not fit for purpose. 

“It is a bureaucratic disaster that has left over four and half thousand people languishing in Direct Provision and clogged up the High Court where over 1,000 cases are waiting to be heard.

“However I am concerned that the proposed legislation will do nothing for the majority of people currently abandoned in Direct Provision.

“The new legislation will only affect those who apply for asylum after the Bill becomes law.

“People in Direct Provision are past the stage of a single procedure and are either awaiting a decision regarding leave to remain or the subject of a deportation order.

“So while I welcome the proposed legislation I want to know what Minister Fitzgerald’s plans are for dealing with the plight of people in Direct Provision.

“The state needs to recognize it has mistreated these people and by way reparation it should act in a compassionate and imaginative way when considering their future. 

“The Direct Provision system is inhumane and should be brought to an end as a matter of urgency.” 

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