About the Project

Exploring Direct Provision is a project by Dr Liam Thornton, associate professor in the School of Law, University College Dublin, and made possible due to a grant awarded through UCD Seed Funding. Liam is a human rights law academic who has been examining legal aspects of the system of direct provision in Ireland for over a decade. This project makes available over twenty years of documents Liam obtained through Freedom of Information requests. Further information on all of Liam’s research is available from his website.


Project Assistants

Róisín Dunbar completed her BCL (Law with Social Justice) degree in UCD and is currently completing an LLM in International Migration and Refugee Law and Policy in NUIG. As part of Exploring Direct Provision, in 2019 Róisín provided significant document management support, and ensuring scanning of thousands of pages of documents.




Danielle Curtis is a graduate of UCD with a BA degree in IR/Politics and Sociology and a Masters in Common Law degree. Danielle was previously Education Officer in UCDSU in 2015-2016. Danielle is currently completing her Barrister-at-Law degree in the King’s Inns. Danielle is a caseworker and administrator in the Mercy Law Resource Centre. In 2020, Danielle provided significant input into website creation, organisation, design, communication and file management requirements for Exploring Direct Provision.