How Could This Happen?


From top: Protest at The Skellig Star Hotel  on Monday evening; Ken Foxe

This afternoon.

In March, a confirmed Covid-19 case was recorded at the Travelodge in Swords, Dublin before a number of asylum seekers were moved out of the hotel to Direct Provision centres, including Skellig Star Hotel, Cahersiveen, County Kerry.

At least 25 residents of the Skellig Star Hotel have tested positive for Covid-19.

Journalist Ken Foxe has obtained – under FOI – a timeline of events contained in minutes of meetings of the International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) revealing how the Department of Justice and Equality responded to the unfolding scandal…

Last Night: “I Have Verifiable Evidence”

7 thoughts on “How Could This Happen?

  1. Toe Up

    Ken should really change his name to Ken Foixe.

    Fair play to him though for his dedication to getting to the truth, considering how difficult it can be.

  2. Ragamuffin

    The scandal of direct provision has gone on way too long. It was created in a panic 20 years ago, and it seems from these documents that nothing has changed. DP was never a thought through approach to meeting the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our country. It’s always been about doing the bare minimum to avoid a scandal, all the while private companies profit. It’s been our apathy which allowed this continue, but maybe covid will make us all wake up and say enough is enough. People in DP deserve a proper humane care plan to be put in place, finally.

      1. Johnny Keenan

        Ken Foxe hungry like a wolf. Fair play.

        And to BS for continually highlighting his great work.

  3. Liam Deliverance

    Great work as usual Ken Foxe, good man yourself.

    See here for yesterdays Oireachtas Commitee Meeting – Special Committee on Covid-19 Response – Any other business, Congregated settings – nursing homes, Congregated settings – Direct Provisions Centres

    See circa 5h 40 mins for DP part, I did not see the Nursing Homes part, I’m sure it’s just as eye opening – also previous Tuesday I think for more Nursing Home meetings.

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