Direct Provision Care Packages

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Mount Trenchard  outside Foynes, Co. Limerick, above, and Lycamobile

The Irish Refugee Council described the Mount Trenchard direct provision centre outside Foynes, Co. Limerick as “one of the worst in the system”.

It’s understood 50 men live in the centre where there are six to eight beds in some rooms.

They receive €19.10 a week and are not allowed to work.

If any readers would like to send care packages to the men in Mount Trenchard this Christmas – or indeed to any of the asylees in the direct provision centres in Limerick – they can send them to Limerick NGO Doras Luimní  and the group will distribute them to the asylum seekers.

Aideen Roche, of Doras Luimní, said the people in the direct provision system would really appreciate phone credit as this is, by far, the one thing asylees spend most of their weekly allowance on, with Lycamobile being the most popular service used.

People can purchase Lycamobile SIM cards (with €10 of preloaded credit) and/or phone credit from Centra and SuperValu stores nationwide.

The other most popular items would be toiletries, such as deodorant, shower gel, etc. Snacks for eating in the centre outside of the set meal times would also be warmly received.

Doras Luimní’s address is Central Buildings, 51a O’Connell Street, Limerick.

Meanwhile, each asylum seeking child in Ireland receives €9.60 a week. There are approximately 1,500 children living in the direct provision system in Ireland.

In light of this, the Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland is hoping to deliver toys to children living in direct provision centres this Christmas. The group is appealing for people to send a new, unwrapped toy by December 17 and they will distribute them to the children.

The JRSI has two offices, one in Limerick and one in Dublin. The Limerick address is Della Strada, Dooradoyle, Limerick while the Dublin address is The Mews, 20 Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1.

Would you like to help distribute care packages to asylum seekers in direct provision centres in your area this Christmas? Email broadsheet@broadsheet.ie with the subject line: Direct provision care packages.

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Doras Luimní

Launch of 2014 Christmas toy appeal (Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland)

19 thoughts on “Direct Provision Care Packages

    1. Spartacus

      Whilst we realise that you’ll be enjoying a well-deserved miserable and lonely Christmas, please don’t begrudge those of us who have to make do with some simple humanity and warmth for our fellow humans.

    1. Major Thrill

      I have a faint memory of there being concern at a certain “friends of FF” theme emerging in the places being awarded the contracts back when it was introduced. Even without that faint memory basic cynicism kind of dictates you’d start by looking there.

    2. Ms Piggy

      One of the most important journalistic questions right now I’d have thought, and yet there doesn’t seem to be a peep about that. Unless I’ve missed something? Would love a link to it if I have.

    3. Mysterymeat

      Here’s an article from recently about ownership:
      http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/how-asylum-became-a-business-1.1891309

      Here’s another in response to a PQ. Pretty sure nothing has changed other than the amounts of money given to the owners:
      http://www.nascireland.org/latest-news/pq-direct-provision-centres-ownership-costs/

      This is from a few years ago, but an excellent source of information. See Pg26 for info on ownership:
      http://www.flac.ie/download/pdf/one_size_doesnt_fit_all_full_report_final.pdf

  1. John B

    About Owners of Sligo and Ballyhaunis centre :

    ” AS IT it was revealed that private operators who run hostel-style accommodation for asylum seekers received €62 million from the State last year, Sligo Today looked at the business people behind the Sligo town asylum facility.”
    http://www.sligotoday.ie/details.php?id=27978

    1. One Dub

      The ideas that there’s people out there who make money from these centres,(and I’d be as inclined as anyone else to believe that they have ‘connections’), coupled with years of government inaction…it’s make you wonder… then it makes you feel sick.

      Ireland of the Welcomes, me hole!

    1. C

      You don’t get more than 20 euro a week?

      You should take that up with social welfare mate.

      Oh wait no…. you’re just talking through your arse.

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