Limerick asylum campaigners hold ‘Day of Action’

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print NewsLimerick asylum campaigners hold ‘Day of Action’By John Keogh – September 2, 2015 670 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories TAGSAsylum seekersDirect provisionDoras LuimníEnd Direct Provision Limericklimerick Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebookcenter_img Email Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleInside ShannonNext article200 homes listed for repossession John Keogh Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live  LOCAL campaign group ‘End Direct Provision Limerick’ held a day of action in the city centre this week calling for an end to the direct provision system for asylum seekers.The group, supported by migrant rights organisation Doras Luimní, staged a demonstration on Bedford Row on Friday afternoon “to highlight the inaction on direct provision since the acknowledgement by the Government that the system is unfit for purpose”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to the group: “The system of direct provision has been widely criticised by local, national and international human rights advocates. It has proven to be unfit for purpose and has caused irreversible damage to thousands of men, women and children.“In the past twelve months we have seen considerable change in terms of public debate and awareness of the issues regarding direct provision and the broader asylum system. However, despite the nationwide protests; the Government’s facilitation of a round table, the establishment of a Working Group and the subsequent formation of a task force; there has been no action.”Limerick City and County Council passed a motion earlier this year calling for the closure of Mount Trenchard direct provision centre in Foynes, and for a commitment to end Direct Provision by the end of 2015.End Direct Provision Limerick is calling on local TDs and Government Ministers to further advocate on behalf of the people of Limerick “to help us to bring about much needed change for the lives of thousands of asylum seekers living in direct provision in Limerick and across the country”.A spokesperson for Doras Luimní said that the Government must act quickly and effectively to ensure that the practice of institutionalising asylum seekers in Ireland comes to an end. The recent increase of applications from asylum seekers in Ireland – as a result of the conflicts in Syria, Eritrea and beyond – should motivate effective forward-thinking policy and practices. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

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