Ministers Flanagan and Stanton announce significant increase in Direct Provision accommodation as part of emergency response to COVID-19 pandemic
Dept of Justice & Equality Press Release 31 March 2020
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., and his colleague, the Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration, Integration and Equality, David Stanton, T.D. have announced that more than 650 new beds have been procured to support international protection applicants during the COVID-19 crisis.
Making the announcement today, Minister Flanagan said:
“Intensive work has been underway in my Department since the emergence of the COVID-19 crisis to ensure that to the best of our ability, we protect the health and welfare of asylum seekers and refugees availing of direct provision services. Our officials have now secured over 650 additional beds which will provide valuable additional accommodation to support the measures required for vulnerable residents; the provision of offsite accommodation for self-isolation; and will help with social distancing measures by reducing overall numbers in some existing centres. This is a critical part of our overall strategy to protect our residents. At all times, we are guided by the HSE and the National Public Health Emergency Team and we will continue to do everything possible to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all applicants.”
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