Hannah Komdwe, then aged 2, outside Leinster House was among asylum seekers calling for an end to Direct Provision in 2014

This morning.

A white paper published earlier by the Government outlines plans to replace the Direct Provision system with an ‘international protection system’ and close all existing Direct Provision centres by the end of 2024.

Via RTÉ News:

Phase one is expected to take four months. In this phase, accommodation will be provided in reception and integration centres, which will be in State ownership and operated by not-for-profit organisations.

….applicants will be offered accommodation through a number of strands in phase two.

The plan says after their first four months in Ireland, people whose protection claims are still being processed will move to accommodation in the community.

It says this will be own-door or own-room accommodation, for which they will pay a means-tested rent.

…Single people will be housed in either own-door or own-room accommodation.


…Applicants will be entitled to seek paid work after six months….They will be able to apply to open a bank account and will be provided with information on how to do this. They will also be able to apply for Irish drivers’ licences at this stage.


Govt to replace Direct Provision with international protection system (RTÉ)


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18 thoughts on “Protection

  1. Andrew

    Maybe those currently on the housing list should claim asylum in their own country? Quicker way to get your own gaff. What with the abundance of accommodation available and all.

    1. eamonn

      I don’t think anyone is saying our government cares well for it’s own citizens. The track record of successive governments is there for all to see. Why scapegoat asylum seekers over that….
      The point is Direct Provision is a profit driven shame.

      1. Stephen

        I’m not sure that this will change it from being a profit driven scheme, probably even the same players making the money

      2. K.Cavan

        Housing is a profit-driven shame but the Irish just have to suck it up. Obviously, it wouldn’t do if the EU, UN, NGOs & Legacy Media was to see illegal immigrants, many fleeing the wars in Georgia & Albania, having to put up with the same “housing market” the Irish do.

  2. Mr. T

    Come to Ireland – lodge endless appeals – get a free house

    Expect asylum applications to skyrocket in the next decade

    1. GiggidyGoo

      And that’s the nail on the head. Allow one appeal. if that fails then facilitate them to leave. That way, the people who are truly classed as needing asylum get to stay and build a life. The chancers get to spread the message that Ireland is no longer an easy tap.

  3. Brother Barnabas

    “I want my own bedroom!” isnt perhaps the best representation of what those in DP are asking for

  4. Jake38

    DP is not the problem. The inefficient process for assessment and the endless appeals (funded by the taxpayer) are the problem. Welcome those with genuine cases. Deport the bogus asylum seekers after one unsuccessful appeal. The current nonsense brings the law into (further) disrepute, stokes racial animosity, and encourages people trafficking of bogus asylum claimants from such pariah states as Albania (currently so nasty it is in negotiations to join the EU) and Georgia (great beaches). The farce continues.

    1. Ah sure jaysus you know yourself

      Exactly. A proper vetting process is required. Ultimately other countries losses are our gain. Didn’t our own forefathers and mothers prosper rightly in the new world. Let’s not being warehousing other peoples problems though.

    2. Mr. T

      It’s inefficient for a reason – the legal profession makes a lot of money off those appeals, its guaranteed work at the taxpayers expense.

  5. Mr. T

    You work hard, pay tax – which is used to fund councils & NGOs who will bid against you for houses and rents.

    This is just going to cause further rent & property price inflation – a terrible idea

    1. Ah sure jaysus you know yourself

      Yup. Certainly an issue. Ironically makes your own property (if you’re lucky enough to own something) less easy to move on if there’s a disproportionate number of homes on a street deployed as social housing. There’s also the way the numbers are manipulated. A recent new build estate close to me has over 30% social accomodation. Some were bought by state agencies, some by charities, some rented by various different arms of the state. Ultimately hard working home buyers end up lumbered with one of Europe’s most expensive mortgages in a quasi council estate. All.the while being outbid by your own tax dollars making those same house more expensive. Tasty irony Indeed.

      1. Cian


        Lets go back to building purpose-built council estates;

        possibly one set for asylum seekers, and a different set for the Irish.

        1. Andrew

          Or process their asylum claims efficiently. The current system is unfair on those who are in genuine need of asylum; as the system is clogged with those that are not in genuine need.

  6. Diddy

    What we need is more RTE educational diversity short films with one of our new arrivals from Africa crying about a time someone was mean to her.

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