Health Care Workers from Direct Provision and Institutional Racism.

Sylvain is used to making his own food, he doesn’t like the food served in the hotel. There is no fridge in his room, he has no access to a kitchen, and is not allowed to have visitors. Soon the nice hotel became a true headache for Fabien. He was constantly hungry, and tried to eat what was served to him in cardboard boxes every day. But he just couldn’t eat much. And to make matters worse, every time he worked a late shift, he would come home after 10 PM, when the kitchen was closed and had no food at all.

COVID-19 and asylum seekers

And then my mind went to the Direct Provision Centres, with its shared rooms, shared bathrooms, canteens, recreation areas. I tweeted about it, asking Charlie Flanagan and HSE what they were going to do about them, how will they apply social distancing in these places?

Cricket, Eid Celebrations and Deportations.

The community of the Kinsale Road Direct Provision centre was left stunned when two of its residents were forcefully deported two weeks ago. They were Junaid and Sultan, two Pakistanis who were already on the deportation list, but they were hoping to revoke the deportation. They went to sign on at the GNIB in Dublin, […]

Finding Sanctuary in Cricket

We have recently started a cricket team at the Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre. Just like our world music band, Citadel, cricket is offering refuge to many of the residents of Direct provision Centres, and we want to spread the news. It all started quite innocently with one of the young Pakistani boys asking me if […]

Killing Three Birds with One Stone. World Music Day at Bull McCabes. — International Community Dynamics

https://videopress.com/embed/4QT4CMND?hd=0&autoPlay=0&permalink=0&loop=0 By Roos Demol It had been on our mind for a long time. We wanted to do something special, something that at first glance looked simple and innocent, but carried a lot of importance. Norbert, at the same time, wanted to start collecting funds to keep up our work in partnership with the St […]

Right To Work or Right To Exploit?

Ireland has recently signed up to the EU directive on the asylum process. We are looking at  asylum seekers being granted the right to work. In November 2017 the asylum seekers across Ireland got quite excited when they learned about the goverment’s plan to grant those who were not yet refused refugee status, and were […]