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Irish Refugee Council calls for closure of Limerick centre

'An open prison': Mount Trenchard in Foynes, which has been described as one of the worst asylum centres in the country

'An open prison': Mount Trenchard in Foynes, which has been described as one of the worst asylum centres in the country

  • by Anne Sheridan
 

THE ASYLUM seekers centre in county Limerick has long been used as “centre of last resort” for single men with severe mental health problems, the Irish Refugee Council has claimed.

As a number of residents at Mount Trenchard asylum centre in Foynes click here continue their hunger strike in protest over the conditions in the centre and the lengthy wait in the asylum system, the Irish Refugee Council has backed local human rights group Doras Luimni in calling for its immediate closure.

Following protests at the centre, a number of residents have been moved by the Reception and Integration Agency to other centres in Limerick and Cork.

“We too are both shocked and saddened that RIA have taken such drastic action in response to legitimate grievances, especially when it has failed in the past to respond to requests for transfer and used Mount Trenchard as a ‘centre of last resort’ for single men with severe mental health problems, or who display disruptive behaviour,” said Sue Conlan, chief executive of the Irish Refugee Council.

“Men are being damaged in the asylum process given the built-in delays, forced dispersal and the nature of the accommodation system known as direct provision. We fully support the call for the immediate closure of Mount Trenchard”, she said.

 

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