State fears alternative to direct provision will attract asylum seekers

Minister says system is ‘inhumane’ but says changes will require Government support

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen calls on the Government to establish female-only and family-only reception centres and grant the right to seek employment. Legislation to change Ireland's direct provision system was proposed today, September 17th.

Internal Government briefing material claims any alternative to the direct provision system for asylum seekers may result in a “pull factor” for those seeking to abuse the asylum system.

Government senators were circulated with a nine-page position paper yesterday which acknowledges the system is “not perfect”, but makes a strong case against changing direct provision.

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