Immigrant body demands overhaul of local direct-provision centres

The Irish Immigrant Support Centre has claimed the current system for asylum-seekers is ‘broken’ and needs to be radically overhauled.

That’s after details were today released of damning complaints issued by residents of the centres in Athlone and Longford.

Up to 175 asylum-seekers from the direct provision centre in Athlone strongly complained about the care they’re receiving.


They’ve told the Department of Justice that sometimes people get sick, suffer diarrhoea or need hospital care because of the quality of food at the facility

In correspondence released under the Freedom of Information Act, they also condemn the treatment they receive from staff and management and their weekly allowance of €19.10.

Jennifer DeWan, the campaigns and communications manager for Nasc Ireland, particularly objects to the Athlone direct-provision centre, which accommodates 252 people in 100 mobile homes.

Ms DeWan also expressed disappointment the Reception and Integration Agency has refused a request to some resident of the Richmond Court direct-provision centre in Longford for a place of worship to be provided in the facility.

The Department of Justice says it takes the wellbeing of residents very seriously and affords the highest priority to the safeguarding and protection of children.