The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) has welcomed the new draft Programme for Government which contains a commitment to ending Direct Provision.
In the draft published this week, assurances have been made that accommodation will be provided for asylum seekers. “This is a significant moment in the long campaign to end Direct Provision and is necessary step for triggering future change,” says Nick Henderson, CEO of the IRC.
“While not a cure-all, the commitment to a capital and investment programme is very important. There have been false dawns in the past however and implementation will be crucial.”
The announcement was a timely one at the beginning of World Refugee Week (June 15-21).