#directprovision14: Failing the test of delivering on children’s rights

#directprovision14: Failing the test of delivering on children’s rights

Professor Robbie Gilligan, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin ‘Johanna’ is eight years old and is serving a full life sentence. She has lived her whole life to date in Direct Provision with her mother. Recently ‘Johanna’ found herself in court. Her mother had developed serious mental health problems, very likely(…)

#directprovision14: Seeking International Protection in Ireland?

#directprovision14: Seeking International Protection in Ireland?

A concerned individual I meet many people in my line of work, a part of my job that I really enjoy, guess that is why I have always worked in frontline positions, be it a shop, a restaurant or a bar. I meet teachers, lawyers, trade unionists, doctors, businesspersons, activists, comedians, large families, small families,(…)

#directprovision14: In Mosney

#directprovision14: In Mosney

Fióna Bolger’s poems have appeared on placards, coffee cups and in books and journals. Fióna is facilitating Imagining Sanctuary a creative workshop for asylum seekers and local artists, writers and musicians. All welcome. See fb: imagining sanctuary   people gather to protest their rights   placards proclaim they wish to stay   no five star(…)

#directprovision14: Five Years and Counting

#directprovision14: Five Years and Counting

An asylum seeker writes I am from Iraq and I have been in Ireland (with my wife and two children) for five years in the long process of seeking asylum. I am one of a group of people who are suffering, but sharing the same dreams for the future. From my experience of the five(…)

#directprovision14: Direct Provision and Durable Solutions for Separated Children

#directprovision14: Direct Provision and Durable Solutions for Separated Children

Samantha Arnold is the Children’s and Young Person’s Officer in the Irish Refugee Council Separated children seeking asylum, or children from a third country who arrive in another country not accompanied by parents or habitual carers, are cared for in Ireland by the Child and Family Agency (CFA) (formerly the Health Service Executive).  The legislative(…)

#directprovision14: ‘Aging out’ of foster care and moving into direct provision

#directprovision14: ‘Aging out’ of foster care and moving into direct provision

Dr. Muireann Ní Raghallaigh is a Lecturer in Social Work, University College Dublin Imagine the following: You are 16 years old. You have left your parents, your siblings, your friends and your country and have arrived in a very new and different place – Ireland. Everything is different: the people, the culture, the language, the(…)

#directprovision14: Trapped in a Direct Provision Prison

#directprovision14: Trapped in a Direct Provision Prison

The writer has been in direct provision for five years now (she is still there) Direct Provisions are prisons themselves, we are actual trapped in the closet. We have lived in these centres for years now and suffer from depression and anxiety. Mental illness among us is like a viral disease and some people have(…)

#directprovision14: Has direct provision met its nemesis?

#directprovision14: Has direct provision met its nemesis?

Ciara Smyth is a Lecturer in Law, NUI Galway How ironic it would be if one asylum-control tool, the Dublin Regulation, served to undermine another asylum-control tool, the Irish system of direct provision, at least for children.  And yet a recent Dublin Regulation case before the Northern Ireland High Court may well presage just such(…)

#directprovision14: Irish Association of Social Workers Call for an End to Direct Provision

#directprovision14: Irish Association of Social Workers Call for an End to Direct Provision

Today, April 10th 2014, Direct Provision for asylum seekers will be 14 years old in Ireland. The Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW), the national body representing professionally qualified social workers in Ireland, adds it voice to the numerous organisations calling for an end to Direct Provision. The Reception and Integration Agency’s statistics indicate that(…)

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