Michael Clifford: Department response on Kerry asylum centre an attack on tenet of democracy

Michael Clifford: Department response on Kerry asylum centre an attack on tenet of democracy

Direct provision, on the way out, appears to be leaving with a bang. The centre, opened in Caherciveen, Co Kerry, last March, illustrates much about what has rendered the system morally bankrupt.

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'Disregard for garda vetting' at Cahirciveen direct provision centre

'Disregard for garda vetting' at Cahirciveen direct provision centre

One of the main companies running direct provision centres had complete disregard for garda vetting of staff at one of its centres, according to documents seen by the Irish Examiner.

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Refugees advocacy groups calls for task force to abolish Direct Provision

Refugees advocacy groups calls for task force to abolish Direct Provision

An advocacy group is calling for a task force with a budget to be set up to push through the abolition of Direct Provision.

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White paper on replacing direct provision to be drafted by end of 2020

White paper on replacing direct provision to be drafted by end of 2020

A white paper on replacing direct provision will be drafted by the end of the year, according to the Minister for Equality.

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New manager appointed to controversial Caherciveen direct provision centre

New manager appointed to controversial Caherciveen direct provision centre

The Department of Justice has confirmed that a new, fully vetted manager began work there on Monday morning.

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Limerick-based support group: There are better alternatives than Direct Provision

Limerick-based support group: There are better alternatives than Direct Provision

Limerick-based support organisation Doras have compiled the document, which outlines best practices for people fleeing persecution.

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Michael Clifford: Two major issues lie at heart of Covid-19 outbreak in Kerry direct provision centre

Michael Clifford: Two major issues lie at heart of Covid-19 outbreak in Kerry direct provision centre

Two issues of major importance at are the heart of the controversy around the setting up of a direct provision centre in Caherciveen in County Kerry.

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'No major issues' at Co Clare Direct Provision centre

'No major issues' at Co Clare Direct Provision centre

The Department of Justice has said that a surprise inspection of the direct provision centre in Milltown Malbay concluded that there are no “major issues” with the accommodation there.

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Michael Clifford: Direct provision facing perfect storm of protest

Michael Clifford: Direct provision facing perfect storm of protest

As calls to end a broken system continue to grow, the pressure of the Black Lives Matter protests could force the end of direct provision as we know it, writes Michael Clifford

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Public ‘misled’ on Caherciveen direct provision centre

Public ‘misled’ on Caherciveen direct provision centre

Protests against the Government's handling of the Direct Provision centre in Caherciveen will be held outside government buildings in the county this week.

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Immigrant Council calls for action on Direct Provision reports

Immigrant Council calls for action on Direct Provision reports

The Immigrant Council of Ireland has stated that the government needs to start acting on reports into direct provision.

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Alternative housing for people in Direct Provision should be explored - expert group

Alternative housing for people in Direct Provision should be explored - expert group

Asylum seekers should have their right to work extended and alternative housing be explored for people in the Direct Provision system.

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Aoife Moore: Silence is deafening on Irish attitude to difference

Aoife Moore: Silence is deafening on Irish attitude to difference

Never has silence been so fitting as the one in the Dáil on Wednesday, writes Aoife Moore

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Direct provision residents struggling to access rape crisis support

Direct provision residents struggling to access rape crisis support

Sexual violence survivors living in direct provision are facing serious barriers to accessing rape crisis support, which is completely remote at the moment, Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) has warned.

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Campaign to buy laptops for children in direct provision launched

Campaign to buy laptops for children in direct provision launched

The children are housed in centres in Wicklow.

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Taoiseach claims Direct Provision system does not fuel racism but needs to change

Taoiseach claims Direct Provision system does not fuel racism but needs to change

Leo Varadkar said no comparison can be made between the killing of George Floyd and how the State treats asylum seekers

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Letter to the editor: Justice denied, but not just in America, think direct provision

Letter to the editor: Justice denied, but not just in America, think direct provision

We watched in horror and disgust as George Floyd pleaded for his life gasping for breath, saying “I can’t breathe” while a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck and back.

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Clare community calls on Charlie Flanagan to close 'inhumane' emergency accommodation

Clare community calls on Charlie Flanagan to close 'inhumane' emergency accommodation

A Clare community which has befriended asylum seekers in its town has called on Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan to close emergency accommodation which it describes as dangerous and inhumane.

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Sanctuary Runners race together, but apart, for unity with Direct Provision residents

Sanctuary Runners race together, but apart, for unity with Direct Provision residents

They ran apart, but together in a special show of global solidarity with asylum seekers and refugees to mark what should have been Cork city marathon day.

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Caherciveen revelations undermine public apology

Caherciveen revelations undermine public apology

The controversial direct provision centre in Caherciveen was originally scheduled to open on November 4 last and was to accommodate 300 asylum seekers rather than 150, the figure given to local people.

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Michael Clifford: Trust has been eroded in how State operates

Michael Clifford: Trust has been eroded in how State operates

The mishandling of the Caherciveen centre has been exacerbated by misinformation, deflection, and at its most charitable, a deficit of knowledge, writes Michael Clifford

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Letter to the Editor: Inspection of buildings for use in Direct Provision

Letter to the Editor: Inspection of buildings for use in Direct Provision

Winston Churchill once said “ There are people in this world who will always do the right thing, but only after they have tried everything else!” It seems to me that Direct Provision is a classic example on this as in the case of Caherciveen.

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Locals and residents of Direct Provision centre held protest in Cahersiveen

Locals and residents of Direct Provision centre held protest in Cahersiveen

Locals and residents of a Direct Provision centre held a protest in Cahersiveen, calling for the closure of the centre.

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Irish Examiner view: Time to end inhumane system of Direct Provision

Irish Examiner view: Time to end inhumane system of Direct Provision

If anyone still doubts the conclusion reached by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights that our system of direct provision in Ireland is ‘a severe violation of human rights’, all they need do is consider what is happening in Kerry.

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The Justice Minister should apologise to the Dáil following his apology to the residents of Caherciveen, Labour's justice spokesman has said.

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Many Caherciveen direct provision staff not Gardaí vetted; Minister's statements - fact or fiction?

Many Caherciveen direct provision staff not Gardaí vetted; Minister's statements - fact or fiction?

More than half of the staff at the controversial direct provision centre in Caherciveen, Co Kerry, had not been Garda vetted by May 7, almost two months after the residents moved in, the Irish Examiner has learned.

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Resident at controversial Kerry direct provision centre hits out at 'insensitive' letter from Minister

Resident at controversial Kerry direct provision centre hits out at 'insensitive' letter from Minister

Speaking to Drivetime on RTÉ radio, Sne Mkhize said she was unhappy that the asylum seekers weren't mentioned in the "generalised" letter from the Minister.

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Irish Refugee Council call for justice minister to apologise to direct provision residents

Irish Refugee Council call for justice minister to apologise to direct provision residents

The Irish Refugee Council has said the Justice Minister should apologise to the residents of a direct provision centre in Cahirciveen in Co Kerry.

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Flanagan couldn't apologise for direct provision centre in person due to Covid-19 restrictions

Flanagan couldn't apologise for direct provision centre in person due to Covid-19 restrictions

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said he could not travel to Cahirciveen to apologise directly to the people in direct provision in the Skellig Star hotel because of Covid-19 restrictions.

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Fresh calls to close Kerry direct provision centre as Healy-Rae rejects Flanagan's apology

Fresh calls to close Kerry direct provision centre as Healy-Rae rejects Flanagan's apology

A Kerry TD is rejecting the Justice Minister's apology for the opening of a direct-provision centre in Caherciveen.

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Charlie Flanagan apologises to Kerry people over controversial direct provision centre

Charlie Flanagan apologises to Kerry people over controversial direct provision centre

The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has written an unprecedented letter to the people of Kerry apologising for what has unfolded at the controversial direct provision centre in Cahirciveen.

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Irish Examiner view: A minister apologises

Irish Examiner view: A minister apologises

The "open letter from the Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan to the people of Kerry... to apologise and to explain... " events around the establishment of a direct provision centre in Cahirciveen may be unprecedented.

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Charlie Flanagan: 'We simply did not feel we had a choice' but to move people to Kerry direct provision centre

Charlie Flanagan: 'We simply did not feel we had a choice' but to move people to Kerry direct provision centre

Open letter from the Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan to the people of Kerry, in particular those of Caherciveen

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Michael Clifford: Minister’s apology fails to address key issues in Caherciveen

Michael Clifford: Minister’s apology fails to address key issues in Caherciveen

The letter of apology from the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan concerning a Direct Provision centre in Cahirciveen avoids the real issues that have left people “angry and upset” and harbouring “suspicion and worry”.

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The Michael Clifford Podcast: fighting the virus in Direct Provision

The Michael Clifford Podcast: fighting the virus in Direct Provision

The spread of the coronavirus has led to major problems in particular settings, one of which is direct provision centres. One centre that has experienced an outbreak is the recently opened Skellig Hotel in Cahirciveen.

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Justice department rejects alternative accommodation for Cahirciveen asylum seekers

Justice department rejects alternative accommodation for Cahirciveen asylum seekers

The Department of Justice has rejected an offer of alternative accommodation for asylum seekers who want to be moved from a controversial direct provision centre in south Kerry.

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Michael Healy-Rae had shareholding in hotel at centre of Direct Provision controversy in Caherciveen

Michael Healy-Rae had shareholding in hotel at centre of Direct Provision controversy in Caherciveen

Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae had a shareholding in the company that sold the lease in the hotel in Cahirciveen to the businessman now running it as a Direct Provision (DP) centre.

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Michael Clifford: Kerry hotel should never have been a direct provision centre

Michael Clifford: Kerry hotel should never have been a direct provision centre

The Skellig Star hotel should never have been a direct provision centre, given the questions as to the basis on which it was accepted as one, says Michael Clifford

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Suitability of Kerry Direct Provision centre questioned after a quarter of residents test positive for Covid-19

Suitability of Kerry Direct Provision centre questioned after a quarter of residents test positive for Covid-19

The central heating system in the Kerry direct provision centre where at least 25 people have tested positive for Covid-19 has been in disrepair since last December.

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The Irish Examiner View: Treat others as...

The Irish Examiner View: Treat others as...

One of the disingenuous collective defences offered when the abuse of children or women in one care setting or another emerged was that what went on in industrial schools, Magdalene laundries, mother-and-baby homes or some orphanages was largely unknown to the public.

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Letters to the Editor: Caherciveen people could end direct provision

Letters to the Editor: Caherciveen people could end direct provision

Direct Provision since its inception in 1999, under the Minister for Justice, John O' Donohue has been a documented disaster.

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Direct Provision providers called upon to  step up cleaning practices at centres

Direct Provision providers called upon to step up cleaning practices at centres

Management at direct provision centres for asylum seekers have been asked to step up cleaning practices.

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'Deeply concerning': Refugee Council say over 1,700 in direct provision sharing rooms with non-relatives

'Deeply concerning': Refugee Council say over 1,700 in direct provision sharing rooms with non-relatives

The Irish Refugee Council says it is highly inappropriate during the coronavirus crisis.

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Direct provision settings may be unlawful

Direct provision settings may be unlawful

EU and Irish human rights laws require own-door accommodation.

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The Irish Examiner View: Policy failure highlighted in a new way

The Irish Examiner View: Policy failure highlighted in a new way

Anyone who works, or at least until recently worked, in an office, a factory or a school setting, others too, will be familiar with fire drills.

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Mick Clifford: Caherciveen the latest tip of the Direct Provision iceberg

Mick Clifford: Caherciveen the latest tip of the Direct Provision iceberg

The system in place for asylum seeker continues to be unfit for purpose, writes Mick Clifford

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Direct provision: 'If that is the kindness of the Irish State, I would hate to experience its cruelty'

Direct provision: 'If that is the kindness of the Irish State, I would hate to experience its cruelty'

"The longing for a place to call home can be unbearable as you count months and years existing in an environment that eats away at your humanity," Bulelani Mfaco said.

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Irish Examiner View: Direct provision in need of review

Irish Examiner View: Direct provision in need of review

The pandemic has exposed flaws in many areas of public life — how might it not? Comfortable ideas, principles, and institutions are tested in unprecedented ways.

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Pleas to ‘move us out of’ virus-hit Kerry asylum centre

Pleas to ‘move us out of’ virus-hit Kerry asylum centre

Protests have been held at a direct provision centre in Caherciveen, Co Kerry, where several new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed.

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Direct provision firms paid €1.3bn as former minister says system changes were blocked

Direct provision firms paid €1.3bn as former minister says system changes were blocked

Private firms have been paid over €1.3bn to provide direct provision accommodation, with several contractors earning more than €100m from the taxpayer.

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Special Report: How accommodating asylum seekers turned into a billion-euro industry

Special Report: How accommodating asylum seekers turned into a billion-euro industry

The lucrative business of direct provision has been mired in controversy and criticised by human rights groups, Political Correspondents Aoife Moore and Paul Hosford investigate

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Charity helps over 300 people leave Direct Provision

Charity helps over 300 people leave Direct Provision

There are 5,645 people living in 36 centres nationwide, with an extra 1,633 people staying in emergency accommodation.

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'Discriminating against ordinary citizens': Cllr objects to Tullamore Direct Provision centre

'Discriminating against ordinary citizens': Cllr objects to Tullamore Direct Provision centre

An Independent councillor is raising concerns of potential overcrowding in a new Direct Provision centre in Offaly.

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Direct provision accommodation provider recorded pre-tax profits of €2.36m in 2018

Direct provision accommodation provider recorded pre-tax profits of €2.36m in 2018

One of the largest direct provision accommodation providers to asylum seekers here recorded pre-tax profits of €2.36m in 2018.

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Bohemians join Amnesty International campaign to end Direct Provision with away jersey launch

Bohemians join Amnesty International campaign to end Direct Provision with away jersey launch

Bohemians have announced a partnership with Amnesty International ahead of this season's League of Ireland campaign.

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Women living in direct provision stressed because of living conditions and future uncertainty, study finds

Women living in direct provision stressed because of living conditions and future uncertainty, study finds

Women living in direct provision experience a high level of stress from their living conditions and uncertainty about their future.

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Darragh Bermingham: The life of a doctor without borders

Darragh Bermingham: The life of a doctor without borders

GP Maitiu Ó Tuathail travels across Ireland to be the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees. He hears stories of rape and torture, writes Darragh Bermingham

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