From the Ombudsman’s report into complaints made to him about Direct Provision This morning. Ombudsman Peter Tyndall published a report on the complaints his office has received from people living in Direct Provision. In total, the office received 148 complaints in 2018. As of January 1, 2019, there were 6,592 people living in direct provision. […]

Short Talks with Bairbre Flood. A new podcast series presented by journalist Bairbre Flood, who writes: Vukasin Nedeljkovic (top left) is an artist, activist and academic who has carefully documented every Direct Provision centre in Ireland through his photography, now available as a hardback here. Vuklasin recently gave a talk in The Glucksman Gallery and […]

Nineteen years ago today, the weekly rates of State allowance for people living in Direct Provision were set by Government officials. The rates were IR£15 (€19.10) per adult and IR£7.50 (€9.60) per child. Since last August 2017, the rates were increased to €21.60 per child and adult. This morning law lecturer at University College Dublin […]

Every Child Is Your Child writes: “As we know, students living in Direct Provision are under-resourced, these are kids whose families struggle to provide even the most basic of needs. Join us as we serve our community by providing backpacks and school supplies to students in need. “Purchase a backpack/and or the supplies (even a […]

Hannah Komdwe (2) at a Direct provision protest outside Leinster House in 2014 Denying a mother of an Irish ‘citizen child’ living under Direct Provision child benefit is unconstitutional, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. The court found the failure to treat ‘citizen children’ in Direct Provision equally breached Article 40.1 of the Constitution [Equality […]

This afternoon. The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall said he has has received 97 complaints from asylum seekers living in Direct Provision since April 3 last year when his office began accepting such complaints. Ombudsman staff visited DP centres across the country and many of the complaints were “solved on the spot”. Mr Tyndall  writes: Food Many […]

Last night. In Cork. During the fourth and final Fine Gael leadership hustings, a man called Joseph (top) asked about direct provision. He said thousands of Irish people can see the direct provision system is an act of disrespect to humanity. He then asked how either Simon Coveney or Leo Varadkar would address this, if […]

Yesterday morning. At a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee. The Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy spoke about the procurement and management of contracts for direct provision centres. In his opening statement, he explained that €57million was spent on accommodation for asylum seekers in 2015. He then went on to criticise how direct provision management contracts were […]

Before reading on  I must tell you that at the moment in Ireland there are people who have lived for up to 11 years in direct provision. I also heard from a teacher in Galway of a child in her class who has lived ten years of her life in direct provision so far… In […]

A ‘flotel’ in Norway Further to reports this morning, that Labour Dublin City Councillor Mary Freehill has put forward a motion that the council look at the possibility of using “floating hotels” in Dublin to increase the availability of accommodation. Readers may recall the same concept being mooted in response to the increase in asylum […]