“The ideal way to meet this requirement [accommodating asylum applicants], obviously is by providing permanently-built accommodation and this is what the government plans to do.”

Fianna Fáil Minister for Justice John O’Donoghue (above), launching Direct Provision as an ’emergency measure’, March 2000.

Nineteen years later….

“What is the Government’s plan to provide further accommodation for the increasing number of people coming and seeking asylum? We have obviously had difficulties in establishing direct provision centres as we saw in Oughterard this week.

“We need to be careful. We have generally dealt well with the issue of immigration. It is apparent that some people from outside the country are opportunistically going to places such as Oughterard for the purposes of drumming up a racist agenda.

“We need to be careful that we do not allow their populist and racist appeal to spread in the country. One way to ensure that does not happen is by the Government having a clear plan in place to ensure people seeking asylum are accommodated in the future.”

Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan (above) in the Dáil this morning on the recent withdrawal of a tender to provide a Direct Provision centre at a hotel in Oughterard, County Galway.

Good times.

Dail transcript via Oireachtas.ie

Previously: Direct Provision on Broadsheet

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21 thoughts on “A Clear Plan

  1. eoin

    We need another three Mosneys [capacity 600] RIGHT NOW to accommodate those seeking asylum who are being accommodated in hotels at a cost of €100 a day. And if you’ve been up to Mosney recently, it is huge.

    But our first priority should be putting a halt to the hundreds of Albanian (106 in July alone) and Georgian (66 in July alone) and other bogus asylum seekers coming here each month. Where are the Gardai? Where is the Dept of Justice? Is it just the people traffickers making out like bandits or are staff in the state machinery also prospering?

    1. some old queen

      Monsey was always huge dear- long before an immigrant like you blew in from the north.

      We have one crew whom if they were honest would céad míle fáilte every sort of wild life on the planet who climbed, crawled and skittered onto the island.

      We have the other who think that being Irish is some sort of DNA profile and stick their granny’s Scared Heart frame up in the background of YouTube streams.

      Then we have the DOJ who assume it is perfectly ok to dump people, most of which should have been kicked out because they have no reason being here, into places which have been socially ignored for years.

      Finally we have Muslims- oh yes you get a slap too- forcing Halal meat on people in schools and hospitals who object on ethics or who feel that they cannot eat something sacrificed to a false God.

      Who is right? Nobody. Who is wrong? Everybody. I don’t know what the answer is but one thing is for certain- the DOJ are right now nowhere near doing their job.

      1. Rob_G

        When was it you started getting all right-wing and contrarian, SOQ? You used to so-closely follow the standard progressive archetype.

        1. some old queen

          Ireland is now one of the main EU countries gay people seek asylum in Rob- your problem with this is?

          1. Rob_G

            Why would you think I have a problem with this?

            I have no problem with anyone seeking asylum. I also have no problem when asylum seekers, whose claims have been found to have no merit by due process, are sent back in accordance with the law.

          2. some old queen

            Define the ‘law’ Rob if you are gay but before you do- tell me what it was like leaving Ireland 30 years ago.

            We can compare experiences.

          3. Rob_G

            I don’t need to define the law relating to claiming asylum, it’s been defined already.

            I didn’t leave Ireland 30 years ago. I’m only a young(ish) fellow.

  2. GiggidyGoo

    It hasn’t sunk in yet with FFGLAB obviously. And another one basically labelling the good people of Oughterard as brainless and like rats following a Pied Piper.
    Yep, hopefully Callaghan and his ilk will continue in that vein of commentary.

      1. GiggidyGoo

        FF Callaghan
        FG Kyne
        Labour Amadán O Riordan

        All singing off the same hymn sheet. FFGLAB. But sure a thicko like yourself wouldn’t be able to make the connection. Maybe in 5th year you might learn something.

      2. Steph Pinker

        Well, well, well, Rob underscore G*******, at least SOQ can think for himself – independently – and without influence; you should try it some time without the sneachta and skiing and Belgian beer at Irish taxpayers’ expense. Who knows? One day you too could become Minister for Hurricanes and Homelessness!

        BTW, are you tall enough?

  3. Ron

    What an arrogant attack on the good citizens of Oughterard exercising their democratic right to protest. The political filth aren’t used to having to back down and get put in their place.

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