State Reponses to Institutionalised Living in Direct Provision

The Direct Provision Files provide an insight into responses to institutionalised living within direct provision accommodation centres. Given low weekly allowances, who should cover costs of items such as nappies (diapers) for children, the cost of school books, school tours etc? What if a person seeks a move to a direct provision centre to be […]

‘For Just Six Months’: Establishing Direct Provision Accommodation Centres

The introduction of direct provision accommodation for asylum seekers was planned throughout 1998 to 2000. Prior to its introduction, asylum seekers were entitled to rent supplement, and could source their own accommodation in the private sector. ┬áThe Direct Provision Files provide a clear narrative as to why the Government at the time sought to introduce […]

Exploring Direct Provision: Why Now?

We are approaching twenty years of the system of direct provision for asylum seekers in Ireland. The phrase ‘direct provision’ is short-hand for the communal accommodation, food, low weekly payment, health and education rights that asylum seekers in Ireland are entitled to. Over the last (almost) two decades, there has been sustained criticism of the […]