To: Minister O'Gorman

Access to Basic Human Rights for those in Direct Provision

This petition is looking to eliminate the hardships endured by those living in Direct Provision, this relates to their education, nutrition, healthcare (both physical and mental) and hygiene products provided. This petition hopes to gain signatures in order to raise awareness on this very important issue which must be dealt with immediately.

Why is this important?

Direct Provision also known as asylum seekers is a term used to describe the money, food, accommodation and medical services an individual receives while their international protection application is being processed (, 2021). As of 2019 there were a total of 4,781 applicants for the protection status in Ireland (‘Statistics’, 2020). There were 7,330 still pending at the end of 2019 and a total of 585 people living in Ireland with the refugee status. Due to the large numbers of asylum seekers and the growing increase over the years, facilities are exhaust leading to poor treatment of the basic human rights and needs of an individual living in direct provision.

Asylum seekers are given a weekly payment of €38.80 per adult and €29.80 per child, as a result of this they are unable to afford education, healthcare or sufficient food (, 2021). Not only their physical health is being damaged, but also their mental health. People in direct provision are five times more likely to have issues in relation to their mental health (‘Direct Provision – Doras’, 2021). The total funding for the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) is €770,000 (Justice, 2020). This is to be spread across seven different areas around Ireland, allowing only €110,000 for each geographical area. This is not enough funding to provide adequate accommodation, food, education and healthcare for all.

The White Paper was released in February 2021 which contains a description of the current plans in relation to abolishing Direct Provision. This is in fact great news however, change needs to be made now and cannot wait three or so more years. There are people currently living in Direct Provision and their voices and concerns need to be heard and their needs must be met. Immediate action must be taken to help those currently living in Direct Provision.

The following are links to more detailed sources in relation to this issue:
Information on Direct Provision:

Information on the food provided:

Information on the White Paper:

References: (2021) Direct provision system. Available at:
‘Direct Provision – Doras’ (2021). Available at:
Justice, T. D. of (2020) Irish Refugee Protection Programme, The Department of Justice. The Department of Justice. Available at:
‘Statistics’ (2020) Asylum Information Database | European Council on Refugees and Exiles. Available at: