October 2014

 
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Limerick Against Direct Provision

Limerick has been the focus of extensive media coverage in recent weeks, particularly in relation to the situation faced by asylum seekers resident in the Direct Provision centre in Mount Trenchard, Foynes, Co. Limerick.

Residents of Mount Trenchard held a peaceful protest on Thursday 14th August in response to repeated issues with management and unsuitable conditions at the centre. Immediately following an agreement reached between residents and management, mediated by Doras Luimní, a small number of residents were removed and transferred to other Direct Provision centres in Limerick and Cork, sparking further protest and difficulties.

A crowd of over 200 people participated in the subsequent day of action in Limerick city centre on Friday 22nd August in solidarity with asylum seekers resident in Limerick and nationwide (see pictures below). The demonstration called for the closure of Mount Trenchard, which has been described as one of the worst centres of the 34 around the country, as a first step in the campaign to end the system of Direct Provision. 
 
In follow-up to the event, a public meeting was held with the Irish Refugee Council on 3rd September to further discuss the key issues in relation to Direct Provision and Mount Trenchard, with a view to progressing the strategy and campaign at a local and national level. A planning committee has since formed to develop an action plan for Limerick Against Direct Provision, and actions are in the process of moving forward.

An exciting development is that Limerick FC has now publicly pledged their support for the call to end Direct Provision. We are very grateful to have their support and we hope that other organisations and business in Limerick will follow their lead!
 
Doras Luimní wishes to thank all who have supported us and residents of Direct Provision centres and we look forward to progressing this campaign together. There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved and we are always grateful to hear suggestions!

If you have an idea that relates to the campaign to end Direct Provision, please email Aideen at a.roche@dorasluimni.org. 

An exciting development is that Limerick FC has now publicly pledged their support for the call to end Direct Provision. We are very grateful to have their support and we hope that other organisations and business in Limerick will follow their lead!

Doras Luimní wishes to thank all who have supported us and residents of Direct Provision centres and we look forward to progressing this campaign together. There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved and we are always grateful to hear suggestions!

If you have an idea that relates to the campaign to end Direct Provision, please email Aideen at a.roche@dorasluimni.org. 
 
   
 
More photographs on Doras Luimní facebook page


Working Group on Direct Provision and the Protection Process

A roundtable consultation on Direct Provision and the protection process was convened by the Minister for Justice and Equality on 18th September, to discuss and inform the Minister and colleagues about the key issues with regard to the Direct Provision system and the protection process in Ireland.

A total of 19 organisations and asylum-seeker representatives, including Doras Luimní, attended and participated in the consultation. The Minister was informed on a wide range of issues of importance including legislation; specialised supports; complaints and tranfers; food; conditions; and the right to work, among others. 
 

The roundtable consultation was initiated by the Minister to learn from relevant organisations in advance of establishing a Working Group on the system of Direct Provision, on which Doras Luimní and residents of Direct Provision in Limerick hope to be represented. The Working Group will be tasked with reviewing the current system and making recommendations to Government on the reform process over a period of three months.

Doras Luimní will hold a meeting with residents of Direct Provision centres in Limerick next week to inform on the outcome of the roundtable and to ensure that their ongoing concerns with the system are considered throughout the progress of the Working Group. 

Victims of Trafficking in Direct Provision centres

Doras Luimní has on-going concerns for victims of human trafficking who are housed in direct provision centres. We know from speaking with trafficked persons who access our services that this is wholly inappropriate accommodation for people leaving exploitative situations. Many are forced to share rooms with people from other countries and they are encouraged not to disclose their experiences. This ensures that they are kept in a controlled environment and in a state of secrecy not dissimilar from their trafficking situation. This reproduces the damaging effects of the trafficked situation and prevents people from recovering effectively. Also the provision of €19.10 does not meet the financial/medical needs of trafficked persons, who frequently experience post traumatic stress disorder, physical ailments/injuries.

We urge the Department of Justice to publish the new National Action Plan to Prevent and Combat Trafficking in Human Beings, and to take on board some of the key recommendations made in 2013 by the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Trafficking (GRETA). 

Full report is available here: Report concerning the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings
by Ireland.

Anti-Rumours Campaign

The anti-rumours project team have been training a team of  advocates who will assist in disseminating the anti-rumours message throughout Limerick. To date, over 100 people have participated in workshops and training sessions to explore the most widespread myths around the topic of immigration and to discuss the various ways in which we can challenge them.

The campaign has received extensive media coverage in recent weeks, including a two-page spread in the Limerick Post, which published factual information that challenges some of the most common ‘rumours’ regarding social welfare, asylum seekers and contribution to the economy. Read the featured article here: Limerick Post

If you would like to learn more about the project, visit www.antirumours.weebly.com.

To get involved, contact Aideen at a.roche@dorasluimni.org or Matt at m.cannon@dorasluimni.org.  
 

Events


Limerick Football Club have kindly made tickets available to the residents of Direct Provision centres in Limerick for the forthcoming match against Athlone Town FC on 3rd October at 7.45pm. Contact us at Doras Luimní if you are interested in attending.

Roots factory are hosting a day and night of roots music and culture at Shannon Rowing club on 4th October. The event is a fundraiser for Doras Luimní and is a cultural event that welcomes all walks of life to come together in a welcoming and inviting environment from 3PM - 2.30AM. There will be food stalls providing a range of cuisine from Italian to Caribbean (vegetarian friendly) and if you arrive before 6PM then you will get a free vegetarian meal. Kids are free entry and allowed on the premises until 8PM! See the Facebook event page for further details and please show your support if you can! 

EU Anti-Trafficking Day will be marked on Friday 17th October, on which day a number events will take place throughout the country in the hope of raising increased awareness on anti-trafficking issues in a local and international context. Further details on individual events will be posted on our Facebook page. 
Council of Europe Intercultural Cities conference, 'Sports, Arts and Culture in the Intercultural City', will be hosted by Limerick on 20th and 21st November 2014. The conference will draw on Limerick's experience as Ireland's national City of Culture as well as its membership of the Council of Europe Intercultural Cities network. A formal agreement between Limerick and Intercultural Cities will be signed at the event. Further details to follow.  
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