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Colette Browne: If Irish families were treated this cruelly, there would be outrage

Published 31/07/2013 | 17:00

A rally last year calling on the Minister for Justice to reform the asylum system
A rally last year calling on the Minister for Justice to reform the asylum system
Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly. Photo: Damien Eagers

THE constitutionality of the direct provision system for asylum seekers is currently being challenged in the High Court, but regardless of its legality, the indefinite detention of families in institutions is inhumane.

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According to the Irish Refugee Council, nearly 4,800 people are housed in centres around the country, in which whole families are accommodated in single rooms, subsisting on a weekly allowance of €19.10 per adult and €9.60 per child.

Two-thirds of these people have been living in these cramped conditions, unable to work or to leave for more than three successive nights at a time, for more than three years.

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