ADDITIONAL PROVISION BEING MADE AT DIRECT PROVISION CENTRES TO COPE WITH COVID-19 SAYS GOVERNMENT

2 April 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A significant number of additional bed spaces are to be provided for asylum seekers in direct provision centres in the coming days, the Department of Justice has said. It was reported in the national media this week that asylum seekers who had been housed in emergency accommodation in Co Galway were being transferred to the St Patrick’s Accommodation Centre and other locations in the Monaghan area.

A spokesman for the Department said the extra beds were to support social distancing measures. He said progress was being made in establishing an off-site self-isolation facility for asylum seekers who display symptoms of the virus or contract Covid- 19.

“A senior department official wrote to all residents, managers and staff at centres over the weekend to reassure them that their welfare was of paramount importance,” said the spokesman. “They were also informed that steps were being taken to…

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