Direct Provision

  • The Department of Justice last night described the death of a transgender woman in a direct provision centre in Galway as unexplained.

    The woman is believed to be from Africa.

    The exact circumstances of the woman's death are unclear but the Department of Justice confirmed she fell ill at the direct provision centre.  A spokeserson says a post mortem examination is due to take place and until results are known the department will make no further statement.

    Two LGBT resource centres in Galway, Amach and Teach Solais, have issued a statement of condolence describing the woman as a 'great friend'. 

    The Transgender Equality Network says it has been in contact with Gardai and relevant authorities to offer assistance if needed.

    In a statement, the Green Party has claimed the woman came to Ireland legally seeking asylum and described the death as a tragedy

     

  • Gardaí are investigating the cause of a fire yesterday evening at the former Shannon Key West hotel in Rooskey, on the Roscommom/ Leitrim border, which had been due to open as an accommodation centre for asylum seekers.

    The alarm was raised at about a quarter to eight last night.

    Gardaí from Carrick-on-Shannon Garda station and a number of fire tenders went to the scene, and sealed off the area around the hotel. There were no reports of injuries, and witnesses said there was little obvious damage apart from smoke damage to the outside of the building.

    In a statement this morning, the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he is deeply concerned by the incident.

    He states that the hotel had recently contracted with his Department to provide accommodation for 80 asylum seekers who have come to Ireland to seek protection, many of whom, he says, have experienced conflict and trauma and are vulnerable.

    The Minister concludes saying that the final preparations were being made in the hotel for their arrival. Thankfully, there were no residents in situ when the fire broke out. A security guard who was on the premises was not injured and managed to raise the alarm.The investigation into the cause of the fire must now take place.

     

     

  • The Minister for Justice says the case of a Direct Provision resident, who was buried by the State without any of her friends' knowledge, will not be repeated.

    Sylva Tukula, a transgender woman in her 30s who was living in an all-male Galway centre, died last August.

    After her next-of-kin could not be contacted, she was buried last month without a ceremony or her friends being told.

    The Department of Justice claims this was due to a "breakdown in communication".

    Minister Charlie Flanagan says lessons have been learned.