Tuesday 12 December 2017

Up to four men injured in stabbing at direct provision centre in Limerick

The men sustained minor stab wounds.
The men sustained minor stab wounds.

By David Raleigh

Up to four men have been injured in a stabbing incident at a direct provision centre in Limerick City.

The men, who are said to be natives of African countries, are believed to have sustained minor stab wounds.

One resident claimed one of those injured was beaten with a cricket bat, during a row which broke out at the facility shortly before 2pm.

The men were treated for minor stab wounds by paramedics at the scene.

A Garda source said: "There was a dispute. Around three or four people suffered minor injuries."

"Some weapon was recovered at the scene. It's possibly a scissors or a knife. We're awaiting confirmation on that," the Garda added.

Some residents at the asylum seeker accommodation unit on Glentworth Street, said they were living in rooms at the facility for long periods of time with some claiming they were there for between eight and ten years.

One resident said: "We really need to be separated. This is the problem; if you keep people in a room for long periods of time, it will end like this."

He said: "It was a row between roommates. Someone was stabbed, someone was beaten with a bat. Four people were injured."

The man reiterated, what many in the asyum process have been highlighting in recent times, that conditions for asylum seekers are not fit for their long/term accommodation needs.

"Some look for transfers, and then you'll probably be transferred to somewhere you don't want to go, or you don't get transferred at all."

"This is going to cause a serious problem. People rooming with people for long periods of time who are from differing countries and who have different cultures."

He added that the mental health of asylum seekers has been badly affected by their experience with direct provision.

"People have been in these (types of) places for up to ten years. They're always depressed. They are always in a state where any slight mistake and anyone can get provoked."

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