Limerick protest calls for end to Direct Provision

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Protestors call for an end to direct provision, which has been described as 'inhumane' for asylum seekers
A PROTEST calling for the end to “inhumane treatment” of asylum seekers in Limerick and Ireland took place at Bedford Row on Friday afternoon.

A PROTEST calling for the end to “inhumane treatment” of asylum seekers in Limerick and Ireland took place at Bedford Row on Friday afternoon.

Hosted by Doras Luimní and attended by local activists, asylum seekers and elected representatives, people called for Direct Provision - a system which has been criticised for putting asylum seekers “in limbo” for years - to cease immediately.

Doras Luimní chairperson John Lannon said that the system has been “unsatisfactory” for people in Limerick, and that it has become difficult for children in Direct Provision to pursue education and a “normal sense of life”.

Speaker Ellie Kisyombe said that Direct Provision is a “shameful” system and has called on the ministers and government officials to make “responsible decisions”.

“It’s just a shame that people are kept in the system of Direct Provision for so many years, children born in Direct Provision , children grow up in Direct Provision and there are so many issues going around in this shameful institution,” she said.

AAA Cllr Cian Prendiville speaking at the protest that the system is a “stain on the Irish government”.

Labour Cllr Joe Leddin said that Direct Provision “is just simply not working” in Limerick and Ireland.