Reform of ‘direct provision’ a priority, says new Minister
Ó Riordáin says asylum seekers spending years waiting for decision is a ‘major concern’
Aodhán Ó Riordáin: “It is unacceptable that a child could spend half their life in a direct provision centre – in poverty, marginalised, stigmatised.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times
Reform of the “direct provision” system - asylum seekers can spend up to nine years waiting for a decision on their application with no right to work or study – will be a top priority for the new Minister of State for Justice
Aodhán Ó Riordáin, in an interview with The Irish Times, said direct provision was identified as a “major concern” by Tánaiste Joan Burton when she appointed him last week. He is also the new Minister of State for Equality and New Communities.