‘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 […]