Reform ‘Direct Provision’ system

Rónán speaking with Maurice Kiesse, Patricia Murambinda and Gerald Musekiwa following his motion to reform the Direct Provision system, September 2014.

The Government must reform its handling of asylum applications to make the system ‘fit for human dignity,’ Rónán Mullen said in September 2014. Proposing a ‘Private Member’s Motion in the Seanad, Rónán criticised the inordinate time hundreds of applicants had spent in the Direct Provision system awaiting processing of their applications.

“If the State is letting people languish in the system, so as to deter other possible arrivals to the country, that is immoral and unacceptable. It’s treating people as human shields against a feared influx of immigrants – a perverse thing to do when you consider the war zones some of these applicants come from.”

The Government should grant the right to seek employment and give leave to remain in the State to people already in the system for at least four years, he said.

His motion called on Government to ensure the security, safety and comfort of each resident and to introduce guidelines to ensure appropriate treatment for survivors of torture.

 “The Seanad yesterday heard a debate over a Private Members’ motion by Senator Rónán Mullen (Ind) which called on the Government to make sweeping reforms to the system,”

Carl O’Brien, The Irish Times, 18th September 2014.

Rónán speaking with Maurice Kiesse, Patricia Murambinda and Gerald Musekiwa following his motion to reform the Direct Provision system, September 2014.

The Government must reform its handling of asylum applications to make the system ‘fit for human dignity,’ Rónán Mullen said in September 2014. Proposing a ‘Private Member’s Motion in the Seanad, Rónán criticised the inordinate time hundreds of applicants had spent in the Direct Provision system awaiting processing of their applications.

“If the State is letting people languish in the system, so as to deter other possible arrivals to the country, that is immoral and unacceptable. It’s treating people as human shields against a feared influx of immigrants – a perverse thing to do when you consider the war zones some of these applicants come from.”

The Government should grant the right to seek employment and give leave to remain in the State to people already in the system for at least four years, he said.

His motion called on Government to ensure the security, safety and comfort of each resident and to introduce guidelines to ensure appropriate treatment for survivors of torture.

 “The Seanad yesterday heard a debate over a Private Members’ motion by Senator Rónán Mullen (Ind) which called on the Government to make sweeping reforms to the system,”

Carl O’Brien, The Irish Times, 18th September 2014.