August 11, 2020
Patricia Ryan TD calls on Minister to act on Direct Provision Covid-19 outbreaks

Kildare South (and the Portarlington area of Laois) Sinn Féin TD Patricia Ryan  has called on the Minister for Justice to act swiftly to prevent the spreading of outbreaks of Covid-19  in Direct Provision Centres in Kidare and Laois.  

Teachta Ryan said: “I’ve read disturbing reports on events in the Hazel Hotel over the weekend. We have been in touch with MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland) for an update on the current situation. A reminder needs to be sent to Direct Provision operators that they are dealing with Human Beings. If dogs were treated like this there would be uproar. Ultimately, Direct Provision needs to end.

“The Irish Mail on Sunday published details of an outbreak of Covid-19 in the Hazel Hotel Direct Provision Centre yesterday. It included a claim that a family had been left with little or no food for more than 2 days.

“I have contacted the Minister for Justice to establish what efforts are being made to stop the spread of the virus in each centre and to the wider community and also what safeguards are being put in place to ensure the Human Rights of the residents are protected.” 

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