The Irish Refugee Council fully support Doras Luimní’s call to close Mount Trenchard

Posted On: August 19, 2014

Media Statement, 19 August 2014

Yesterday, Limerick-based NGO, Doras Luimní, called for the immediate closure of the Mount Trenchard Direct Provision centre in Foynes. This call followed a series of events that have brought to light the dire situation that the residents are in: substandard living conditions; isolation and depression; years left waiting for a final decision on their applications for residence, leading them to resort to a hunger strike in a desperate bid for the nightmare to be over.

The protests by residents were met with the immediate dispersal by RIA, the Reception and Integration Agency, of key individuals who raised concerns.

“The IRC would echo Doras Luimní’s concerns.  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, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council.

She went onto say, ”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”.

“The IRC hope that the meeting requested by Doras Luimní with RIA officials and Minister Ó’Ríordáin, to further advocate on behalf of the residents, will come to fruition, and we fully support the call for the immediate closure of Mount Trenchard”, said Conlan.

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