The Government does not know the cause of death of the majority of the asylum seekers who have died in State care in the last 10 years.
“While two people are recorded as dying as a result of suicide and one resident was stabbed to death, the “suspected cause of death” of over one third of the people who have died while resident in the direct provision accommodation system is unknown.
In response to a Freedom of Information request from The Irish Catholic, the Department of Justice released figures which show that 44 people have died in the direct provision system between 2007 and 2017, including three stillborn babies and one “neonatal death”.
In 15 of the cases the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) record the suspected cause of death as “unknown” or simply “died”.
Among those listed as unknown was a 41-year-old man who was “found in room by roommate” in 2008, a 53-year-old man who was “found dead in his bed at 9am” by his roommate in 2012, a 35-year-old man “found unconscious in room and died in hospital” in 2014 and another man in 2015 “found unconscious in room and died in hospital”.
I write as a homeless citizen in my late 30s. My father had a house, a car and three children when he was my age.
The Irish capitalist system has failed my generation when it comes to housing rights. The laissez-faire housing strategy has failed us.
I call for a bailout of the sizeable homeless population of Ireland and the urgent utilisation of State power to act as social entrepreneur in resolving inequality of conditions as far as housing is concerned.
Only the bypass of market forces can resolve the situation. We cannot wait any longer for social justice.
Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and new Chief Justice Frank Clarke
Department of Justice
The Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan at the presentation of the newly-published Irish version of the Rules of the Superior Courts to newly-appointed Chief Justice Frank Clarke, a life long supporter of Fine Gael.
Montague Street (Dublin 2) is not paradise. But there was no need to close the Post Office for locals and put up a bakery for the usual suspects in the locale. I thought PornDog (now closed) – also on same street – took the biscuit.
When are we going to have a debate about hipster and millennials’ gentrification in our cities?