82 refugees, mostly Syrians will be housed in the small town of Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon. 37 of the refugees arriving are children.
Memet Uludag As the news was announced by the Department of Justice there was some mixed reaction in the town of 2000, but despite the unease and anger towards the government for its handling of the issue and its failure to consult, people were mostly sympathetic and wanted to welcome the refugees to their […]
Stacey Wrenn, a student at Trinity and member of United Against Racism, recently visited the Direct Provision centre at Mosney. This is her report. I went to Mosney to visit ‘Naomi’. I cannot give her real name, the Direct Provision (DP) centre in Mosney has a habit of starving people who dare to question […]
The surprise election victory of Donald Trump has shocked tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of millions of people round the world and rightly so. That a politician who ran such a disgusting campaign full of racism, Islamophobia, misogyny and bigotry and insults of every kind should find himself in the White House […]
The ban on burkinis in some French towns, introduced in August, continues to cause controversy. Photos of armed police forcing a Muslim woman to remove her burkini on a beach caused justified anger around the world. Despite widespread support for the ban from many prominent politicians – including the prime minister Manuel Valls and former […]
Read the newspapers’ reporting on the state elections in Berlin and they are all about the defeat of Merkel (because her stand on refugees) and the rise of the far-right semi-fascist, AfD. In fact the party in first place was the SPD (social democrats) with 38 seats (21%), second was Merkel’s CDU with 31 seats […]
The Direct Provision System (DPS) is the main feature of a legally very complex, bureaucratically and politically non-transparent, commercially profit and private business driven, at the core inhumane and institutionally racist asylum system in Ireland. To understand the DPS we need to understand the role it is playing in Ireland’s asylum process. DPS, introduced as a temporary ‘measure’ in 1999 provided the best cover for Irish governments over the past 17 years not only to continue with their unwelcoming asylum polices, but also to get away with the unforgivable inhumanity of the official state response to asylum seekers.
Direct Provision as the main feature of the Irish asylum system The Direct Provision System (DPS) is the main feature of a legally very complex, bureaucratically and politically non-transparent, commercially profit and private business driven, at the core inhumane and institutionally racist asylum system in Ireland. To understand the DPS we need to understand the […]
On Monday August 22nd You Jung Han, a Korean resident of the Kinsale Road direct provision centre in Cork, tragically ended her life. She leaves behind a six year old son. Her friends and neighbours in the centre are deeply shocked and traumatised by the young woman’s death. At the time of writing this article, nine […]
A hundred people turned up for the Galway Black Lives Matter solidarity demo called by Galway Anti-Racism Network, including members of Galway Traveller Movement, Anti-Deportation Ireland, People Before Profit, locals and tourists. Events were also held in Dublin and Cork. People wanted to express their feelings from shock and compassion to anger and frustration as […]
The murder of Labour MP Jo Cox has led to widespread shock and horror, which Socialist Worker shares. The Batley and Spen MP was shot and stabbed yesterday, Thursday, in Birstall, west Yorkshire.
She later died in hospital.
The murder of Labour MP Jo Cox has led to widespread shock and horror, which Socialist Worker shares. The Batley and Spen MP was shot and stabbed yesterday, Thursday, in Birstall, west Yorkshire. She later died in hospital. Jo Cox had spoken out in favour of immigration and in defence of refugees. Witnesses say that […]
Jim O’Connell, People Before Profit candidate in Cork South Central, was recently in Athens where he visited Victoria Square, a gathering point for many refugees. He sent us this vivid and moving report.
The heavy police presence in Victoria Square is backed up by two very large mobile tactical units, converted buses where the armed police take meals and breaks, conduct briefings and store their equipment. On one end of the square a sentry post complete with parasol sunshade looks like something from a West Bank checkpoint. Uniformed […]