Ministers Stanton & Murphy must ensure that Clondalkin Towers stays open – Ó Broin
Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin has called on Ministers David Stanton and Eoghan Murphy to do all he can to ensure that the Clondalkin Towers direct provision centre remains open. The centre is due to close on December 3rd following a breakdown in talks between the Reception and Integration Agency and the company running the centre.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Clondalkin Towers currently has 248 people including 91 children living there. The families are well connected to the local community attending schools, colleges and medical services. There is also active involvement in the local tidy towns group.
“Talks between the Reception and Integration Agency and Fazyard, the company running the facility, broke down last week. As a result, the current contract will end on December 3rd.
“For the 183 adults and children still in the asylum process, this means relocation to another direct provision centre. However, given the pressures on the system, this will more than likely mean outside of Dublin causing significant disruption to the education and lives of all concerned.
“There are also 65 people including 31 children who have their leave to remain but have been unable to get out of the centre because of the crisis in the rental market. These families face the very real prospect of homelessness.
“Sinn Féin is a strong critic of direct provision. However, closing down Clondalkin Towers and relocating these families elsewhere is not acceptable. Likewise, putting those with status at risk of homelessness is wrong.
“I have met with Minister for Justice David Stanton twice last week and urged him to do everything in his power to ensure the renewal of the contract with Fazyard. I have also asked the Minister for Housing, the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive, and South Dublin County Council to work together to ensure that in the event of the closure the needs of all of the individuals and families are adequately met.
“The adults and children who live in the Clondalkin Towers centre are part of our community. They have strong local support and people want them to stay. I am urging the Ministers for Justice and Housing too do everything in their power to make this happen.”