Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin has welcomed the news that the Clondalkin Towers Direct Provision Centre will remain open for at least two years and will see much needed improvements in cooking and recreational facilities. The news was received in a Parliamentary Question from Minister of State David Stanton.
Deputy Ó Broin continued to say that the uncertainty surrounding the tendering process highlights why Direct Provision is not the right way to provide those seeking asylum with accommodation
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Clondalkin Towers Direct Provision Centre was initially due to lose last December. The contract for the centre was then extended for six months pending the outcome of a tendering process.
“The uncertainty about the Centre’s future caused enormous worry and fear for the 250 adults and children. Closure would have resulted in the residents being moved out of Dublin and away from vital educational, medical, social and community supports.
“A strong campaign led by the residents and supported by the local community called for the Centre to remain in Clondalkin. The men, women and children living in Clondalkin Towers are part of our community.
“Thankfully, the contract has been extended and much needed improvements in cooking and recreational facilities are included in the new contract.
“Ultimately however, the uncertainty surrounding the tendering process highlights why Direct Provision is not the right way to provide those seeking asylum with accommodation.
“The Government should now use the time ahead to engage with others to design a more humane accommodation system. They should work with NGOs and the Approved Housing Body sector to put in place publicly funded, own door accommodation that would allow single people and families to live with privacy and dignity while their applications are being processed.”