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

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.

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