DESPITE a week of protests, the Department of Justice has stated it is committed to moving over 100 asylum seekers at the Mosney accommodation centre, Co Meath, to Dublin.
The vast majority of the people directed by the Department’s Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) to move to Hatch Hall in Dublin have refused to leave. Asylum seekers claim the Dublin accommodation is overcrowded and inferior to conditions at Mosney.
Irish Refugee Council CEO Sue Conlan held discussions with RIA officials yesterday. However, civil servants are adamant that residents will have to move.
Ms Conlan is to meet with the Mosney residents affected over the weekend and discuss how the situation can be progressed. It is understood that travel arrangements for residents accepting the move to the Dublin city centre are to be made on an individual basis.
Ms Conlan said: “It is entirely unsatisfactory the way this has been done without proper consultation with residents. The wider issue is the need for the whole direct provision system of maintaining asylum applicant to be reviewed.”
Rosanna Flynn of the NGO, Residents Against Racism, which has been taking part in the daily protests, said it was unacceptable that the RIA had not yet agreed to meet the Mosney residents and discuss the transfer orders. It is understood that a committee of asylum seekers had been set up at Mosney to try to find a solution, but have not yet been granted a meeting with the RIA.
A Department of Justice spokesman said ” the RIA has agreed a new contract with Mosney which involves a downsizing of its capacity from 800 to 650. Transfers to effect this downsizing are taking place. No further details of the ongoing operational matter are available.”
It is understood four asylum seekers have voluntary moved to Hatch Hall in the last week.
Both the Labour Party and Fine Gael have committed to reviewing the direct provision system in government.
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