Direct Provision and Childcare

October 28, 2013 at 8:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Irish Times today reports that a government briefing document argues against changing the Direct Provision system because a better (ie humane and just) system would attract asylum-seekers from the UK and would cost too much.

Thus do we come to a moment of truth – what are we really prepared to do to protect vulnerable people and children? After all the Reports – Ryan – and all the pieties – the Taoiseach’s words regarding the Magdalen Laundry women – we are left with the same old reality. Poor and vulnerable children are not worth spending too much money on. If those children are not from among those who count – they are travellers, or born outside wedlock, or are poor, or are foreign – then we don’t really care.

This is the truth we must keep before us when listening again to ministers, including the Minister of Children, when they speak about the centrality of children’s rights. The test of their authenticity is the abolition of Direct Provision immediately so 5,000 people and 1,700 children can be treated as human beings.

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