University of Limerick students call for end to direct provision system

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

UL Student Life is to campaign to bring an end to the current direct provision system

UL Student Life is to campaign to bring an end to the current direct provision system

STUDENTS at the University of Limerick are to call on the university to reconsider its contract with a campus food service provider due to its ties to the direct provision system.

Aramark Ireland, which provides services to three direct provision centres in Ireland, runs seven restaurants and cafes on the UL campus.

The company also operates a number a number of on-campus vending machines. 

As part of a student-led campaign, UL Student Life, the representative body for UL students, will now actively highlight the involvement of Aramark in running direct provision centres. 

Students are also calling on the university to reconsider its contract with Aramark Ireland “if they continue to profit from this inhumane system”, UL Student Life said, in a statement. 

UL Student Life will organise monthly demonstrations and boycotts of Aramark Ireland restaurants, which include the Eden restaurant, the Cube Cafe and the River Cafe on the UL campus.

The group also plans to meet with university staff “to find a solution” to the company’s presence on campus. 

Following the recent passing of a UL Student Council motion, UL Student Life is to campaign to bring an end to the current direct provision system by calling on the Irish Government to replace it “in accordance with recommendations from relevant advocacy groups and governing bodies.” 

UL Student Life, on behalf of UL students, will also identify specific supports students living in direct provision require and “provide a duty of care” to fulfil these. 

The group also plans to contact local TDs, to ask for their support in ending the direct provision centre in Ireland. 

They will also provide students with information and awareness around the system of direct provision and Aramark’s involvement with the system, the group announced in a statement. 

The group has also pledged to support students who may currently be a part of the asylum seeking process.