No Room To Isolate


From top: Bedroom at a direct provision centre; letter from Refugee and Migrant Solidarity Ireland to the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan


The group Refugee and Migrant Solidarity Ireland has written to the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, calling for “at risk” people who are living in direct provision centres to be relocated from the centres where they say social distancing is “impossible”.

The group also states that they are making the appeal with “some urgency” as it has received reports of possible cases of coronavirus in the centres.

It has also called on centre managers to allow residents to bring food to their rooms because, in some centres, groups of more than 100 people are congregating in dining halls for meals, a situation that is “against Government recommendations”.

Finally, the letter states:

The State must provide compensation to those with the right to work who have lost their jobs because of this crisis. The DEASP has confirmed that international protection applicants are not eligible for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

“This is unacceptable, especially in the light of reports of some direct provision centres that are forbidding residents to return to the centre if they go to work.”


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13 thoughts on “No Room To Isolate

  1. Eamonn Clancy

    If you fail you go back, end of story. The simplicity of this basic fact appears to go over the heads of everyone on the “End DP” bandwagon. Ignoring the horrendous housing crisis will not change things. There is no room, what part of this are they not getting?

    1. Holden

      Failing at what? If don’t think failing in seeking asylum is what’s being discussed above. I read it and it doesn’t seem to be.

      1. Rob_G

        @Holden – if all of the chancers were sent back to Albania and Georgia, there would be plenty of space to accommodate the genuine asylum seekers.

    1. some old queen

      Do they not understand that there is a severe housing crisis in this country and that the overcrowding difficulties they are highlighting are not just limited to them?

      Given that most asylum applications are refused- I think it is high time they wound their neck in.

      1. Holden

        Yeah, stupid humans with their needs. What are they thinking?

        Maybe we should only let 20% of them into more appropriate settings?

    2. Rob_G

      @Kingfisher – if someone claims to be seeking asylum because they are gay, they will be asked a few perfunctory questions about homosexuality; this man was apparently incapable of giving a credible response (I doubt they only asked him one question about anal sex, and refused him solely on those grounds).

      Sean Deegan, a barrister who was on the tribunal that hears these cases for six years, reckons that in only two of the 400-500 cases he adjudicated, the person was telling the truth.

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