Ireland Says Welcome is a membership group sharing news, information and refugee solidarity initiatives in Ireland and across Europe. Our vision is of a welcoming, inclusive and participatory Ireland for those escaping war, persecution and poverty.
6th of November 2020
This submission is in response to the consultation by the Department, for its Statement of Strategy 2021-2023.
As the International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) now falls under your Department’s remit, we would like to see your Statement of Strategy reflect that. Most importantly, ending Direct Provision and implementing the full recommendations of the Day Report must be a strategic objective.
Recommendations in connection to the Catherine Day Advisory Report.
We would like to propose that the following recommendations of the Report of the Advisory Group on the Provision of Support including Accommodation to Persons in the International Protection Process (September 2020) should be completed by mid-2023:
We welcome the conclusion of the report that the current system of Direct Provision is not fit for purpose and that it should be ended. We also welcome the recommendation to shorten the international protection decision-making process. A whole of Government approach, as proposed by the report, will be crucial to implement the outlined recommendations.
We suggest for transparency, accountability and to ensure implementation, the Department commit to delivery dates for key milestones, as part of a phased project plan concluding in mid-2023.
We look forward to your response – thank you.
On behalf of Comhlámh Ireland Says Welcome Group