#IWD21: Maryam Paruk set up a small business to recognise Ireland’s cultural diversity

Dominique McMullan

5 Irish women who have managed their businesses with agility, creativity and fortitude this past...

Melanie Morris

Lynn Enright: ‘With spring’s arrival, I’m finally ready to go back to real clothes’

Lynn Enright

Is marketplace feminism stealing the limelight from real female-driven issues?

Amanda Cassidy

Women-led charities and social enterprises to support this IWD and beyond

Amanda Kavanagh

‘The industry is on its knees’: Wedding planners call for more clarity and support from...

Jennifer McShane

#IWD21: Therese Wright’s wellness doll takes children’s worries

Dominique McMullan

IWD: 8 Irish women in the beauty business on what their biggest failure taught them

Holly O'Neill

#IWD21: Sharon Keilthy is on a mission to promote sustainable play

Eoin Higgins

Image / Editorial

The new government programme is committing to end Direct Provision

by Erin Lindsay
16th Jun 2020

Abolition of the system was a key demand of the Green Party in government talks

Direct Provision will be ended within the next government’s lifetime, if the new draft proposal is passed by Oireachtas members.

The draft deal between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party sets out the abolition of Direct Provision, to be replaced by “a new international protection accommodation policy centred on a not for profit approach”.

The Direct Provision system was originally introduced as an interim system to provide accommodation to asylum seekers for six months while they awaited the results of their application process.

However, since it became a formal government policy in 2000, 64,594 people have passed through the Direct Provision system, with 600 people having been in DP for more than eight years and an average length of stay spanning 38 months.

The new government programme also agreed a number of short term measures for Direct Provision, including extra resources to help speed up the application process; reducing the time asylum seekers must be in the country to be eligible to work from nine months to six months; greater access to driver’s licenses for asylum seekers; and improved mental health services.

Other measures drafted in the justice area of the government programme include new hate crime legislation and a new national action plan on racism.

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party held parliamentary meetings last night to gather party support for the new government proposals. The draft programme has to be accepted by parliamentary parties as well as their grassroots members across the country, who will be issued postal votes. The results of the parties’ votes will be announced on June 26.

Read more:‘Don’t feel guilty for being white – do something with it’ Dr Ebun Joseph speaks out

Read more: 6 things to know about direct provision

Read more: 10 great resources on social media to educate about race, privilege and Black Lives Matter