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UL Student Life tweetz:

Is Direct Provision Apart Of Ireland 2040?

Our Student Officers organised a silent demonstration against the direct provision system today to greet An Taoiseach @leovaradkar & Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform @Paschald

Students wore duct tape on their mouths to symbolise those that live in direct provision’s fear in speaking up in case it would negatively affect their asylum application.

Meanwhile, inside the university…

Junior Housing Minister Damien English’s planned speech can be read here

Yesterday: You Are Cordially Invited

Outside the Direct Provision centre in Mosney, Co Meath

This afternoon.

Some residents of the Direct Provision centre at the former Mosney holiday camp in Co Meath are holding a protest.

It follows a single mother reportedly attempting suicide at the centre.

Yesterday, the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland posted the following on Facebook:

Not very long ago, a man living in the Hazel Hotel Direct Provision centre in Kildare died as a result of suicide.

His roommates and friends tried to get help for him and their attempts were met with a government that is uninterested in the wellbeing of people living in Direct Provision centre.

With a prevailing sense of hopelessness, the man took his life. He was not the first person to do so in a Direct Provision centre.

And considering that the State gives people antidepressants or sleeping pills instead of addressing the causality of untenable limbo in the system, it would be naive to think that he’d be the last person to do so.

A single mother who has only been in Ireland for a few weeks is in hospital after attempting suicide in the Mosney Direct Provision centre.

The mother arrived in Ireland with her 5 year old son. A few days ago, her other 2 children, a 16 year old boy and an 11 year girl joined her.

She was to remain in Mosney Direct Provision centre while her asylum claim is processed. However, she was advised by staff in Mosney that they do not have space to accommodate the family of 4 and so they were shipped off to a hotel in Cavan.

The hotel in Cavan gave the family a standard hotel room where all 4 were expected to live.

The teenage boy required medical attention and there was no assistance provided in the hotel.

Concerned for her child’s life, the single mother left the hotel in Cavan and went back to Mosney where she’d at least have staff assist with getting help.

Since international protection applicants are new to Ireland and as such are unfamiliar with how things work, staff in Direct Provision centres are to display all the relevant emergency contact details and call for emergency services when the need arises.

There was no one to point her in the right direction so she contacted the International Protection Office and informed them that she was returning to Mosney.

She was met with hostility from one staff member in the centre who shouted at her, telling that she needs to take her children and go. The mother did not leave.

The staff member then told her that she wouldn’t get food and care for her sick child. The distressed mother reported the matter to Tusla.

Other residents in the centre contacted a local councillor who spoke with management and a house that can accommodate the family magically appeared in the same Mosney they had claimed had no space for her. The mother is in hospital after attempting suicide.

When a child or resident in Reception and Integration (it should be incarceration) Agency accommodation needs medical attention, the staff are required to organise transport to a healthcare facility as most Direct Provision centres aren’t accessible by public transport.

Here you have a case of a family being shipped around without reason as means of punishment for complaining.

Other residents MASI spoke to are fearful and reluctant to raise issues they have with management because the minute a person complains, they are moved to another centre.

Such is the case of the man who was transferred from Mosney to Longford after an altercation in the centre.

Three children could’ve lost their mother to suicide because of staff in Direct Provision centres who treat people like a Yoyo, moving them around at will.

Other residents are terrified to raise any concerns they have because they could be uprooted anytime to a place that is worse than the one they are currently in.

MASI calls on the Department of Justice and Equality to abolish the abhorrent system of Direct Provision and treat people with dignity.

After 20 years and many suicides, we’re tired of mourning asylum seekers who are pushed to limits by staff who do not respect their right to dignity.

Ireland used to treat international protection applicants humanely. Surely someone in the Irish government knows how to vindicate fundamental human rights for everyone in Ireland. And we encourage Irish people to contact their elected representatives and tell them to #EndDirectProvision.

Residents may stage a protest and would welcome support from people living close to Mosney.

Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (Facebook)


This afternoon.

In Thurles, Co Tipperary.

A protest is held over the relocation move of the local post office in Liberty Square to Thurles Shopping Centre.

Large protest over relocation of Thurles post office (RTE)

Last night.

At The Ivy restaurant on Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

A group of workers, trade unionist and activists gathered at The Ivy restaurant to highlight what they claim is ‘tip theft’ of workers’ tips.

They also read out a ‘menu’ of workplace issues (top), they claim have been reported by past and present staff, to customers and management.

In a statement to the Irish Times today (see link below), the restaurant said:  “100 per cent of credit card tips are shared amongst the entire 150 staff members members (excluding management)”.

It added: “A gratuity per hour is paid to every staff member in addition to their contractual hourly wage and is guaranteed by the company in that any shortfall, regardless of whether any tips are paid by patrons, will be made up by the company.”

“All cash tips are kept by the individual waiter/waitress, although they are encouraged to share these tips with their colleagues.”

The protest follows Independents 4 Change TD Joan Collins telling the Dáil on March 7:

“Recently, I’ve been approached by workers in a new, very swanky and expensive Ivy restaurant where the company are taking the major proportion of tips paid to staff – using these tips to make up the difference in their wages.

“I’ll give you an example. One worker signed a contract, in October, for €14.90 an hour. They’re now being paid €9.80 an hour and the difference is being made up with the tips. So this company is robbing the workers of their money and we don’t know where the rest of the money is going…it seems to be pocketed by the company.”

Protest held outside Ivy restaurant in Dublin over waiters’ tips (Áine McMahon, The Irish Times)

Previously: Swanky

From top: National Chairperson of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign Fatin Al Tamimi; IPSC’s National Organiser Aisling Micklethwaite and IPSC’s press officer Betty Purcell; gardaí

This afternoon.

Outside RTÉ Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

Members of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and their supports, protest against Israel hosting this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and call for RTE to boycott the event.


A few moments ago…

On RTÉ One’s News at One

The head of the Irish Eurovision Delegation, RTÉ’s Michael Kealey responded to calls for a boycott and to the protest currently taking place outside RTÉ studios.

He told journalist Áine Lawlor that RTÉ is a public service broadcaster and doesn’t “take political stands”.

He said taking political stands is “not something we do”, before adding that the Eurovision is about music and not politics.

And he added: “If we introduce politics, you’ll have to look at the whole Eurovision itself.”

Listen back in full here



Protest at RTÉ calls for boycott of Eurovision song contest (RTE)

Earlier: EU May Like This

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Second last pic: Barry Lenihan

This morning.

Outside the Dáil.

Children gathered to protest against climate change.

Pics: Aisling Kenny and Siobhan de Paor (top)