‘Three People Live In This Room, I’m One Of Them’

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The Kinsale Road Asylum Centre, Co Cork.

Mark Malone writes:

“Powerful video testimony by Paula Geraghty from some people living in the Direct Provision system. Cameras rarely make it inside for us to see the state of these places, and it’s even rarer for the public to see those most affected and marginalised by a clearly morally bankrupt (if economically profitable for some) way of treating our fellow humans.”

31 thoughts on “‘Three People Live In This Room, I’m One Of Them’

  1. Sidewinder

    That kitchen has less in it than your average staff kitchen in any work place. 24 people to share that tiny fridge. Horrendous way to treat people. If this was happening to Irish people there’d be war.

    1. Small Wonder

      A lot of them ARE Irish. Born and bred. It’s interesting that people can’t empathise with those they see as foreign.
      I’m not saying you btw, Sidewinder. I agree with your point.

        1. Sidewinder

          Not for many sections of it, no. Specifically the 8th, 9th, 16th and 27th amendments as well as any all references to an abrahamic god and the position of women in the home.

          And you’re right that simply being born here doesn’t make you Irish but nor does simply having Irish citizenship in my view. There’s more to it than that and the hundreds of children who have lived their whole lives in Ireland among Irish people and in Irish society deserve to be treated as one of our own. As does anyone fleeing persecution, war, torture, famine, disease and death.

        2. Sidewinder

          Not for many sections of it, no. Specifically the 8th, 9th, 16th and 27th amendments as well as any all references to an abrahamic god and the position of women in the home.

          And you’re right that simply being born here doesn’t make you Irish but nor does simply having Irish citizenship in my view. There’s more to it than that and the hundreds of children who have lived their whole lives in Ireland among Irish people and in Irish society deserve to be treated as one of our own. As does anyone fleeing persecution, war, torture, famine, disease and death.

    1. Rich

      I believe the delay is due to issues with verifying the persons identity and thereby checking out their story. Some applicants are reluctant to assist with the verification process which can cause delays.

      1. Sidewinder

        Given how long it takes to get anything done in Ireland I seriously doubt the delay is entirely their fault.

  2. Jack Aranda

    Outrageous way to treat people. Huge credit due to the men and women of this protest in behaving in a way infinitely more civilized than the manner in which they’ve been treated by OUR government.

      1. Sidewinder

        Exactly. They bear no responsibility for the way they are treated, it is us and our government who are responsible for this appalling system.

      2. Jack Aranda

        D – I was just going to label you a prick, but then realized that’d be redundant given your enlightened comment.

      1. Sidewinder

        But not the way they’re treated in the mean time? That’s fine is it? You’d think it acceptable if it was you or your lives ones would you?

  3. Mollie

    Pity we didn’t get to see the dining room. There’s no ‘state of the place’ rooms look clean dry and comfortable. No mildew on the walls. Looks like a purpose built facility, so the kitchen shown must be a kitchenette for getting a drink of water, making cocoa coffee etc. or heating babies bottles. It’s a pretty bleak situation these people find themselves in. Is there anybody getting processed out of here, is it one a week one a month or one a year ?

  4. Evenprime

    This us obviously a business that people are making handsome profits from. Questions need to be raised about ownership and relations with decision makers.
    It’s inconceivable that it takes so long to make a decision about someone’s future

    1. Ha

      The decision is fairly efficient. It’s the right to a Supreme Court appeal which is taken up by so many refusing their verdict that results in this.

  5. Yorma

    Is that a sky box on the right? Laptop too. I would concede that it seems overcrowded but there’s a lot more people living in much more bleak circumstances than this.

    1. Sidewinder

      Really? Ah well that’s fine so. Carry on. As long as it’s not as sh1t as the sh1ttest situation any unfortunate sh1t finds themself in then it’s not sh1t at all.

  6. Formerly known as @ireland.com

    There should be some sliding scale of privileges – the longer you are in detention, or whatever it is called in Ireland, the more privileges you get. Things such as the right to work should be available. This would at least give people some consolation, while they are being warehoused.

    I hope they don’t copy the RWNJ’s in Australia, who are planning to send asylum seekers to Cambodia (it won’t be a holiday).
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-25/cambodia-asylum-seeker-deal-shameful-human-rights-group/5767810

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