Sligo County Council passes motion to end direct provision

Sligo County Council has unanimously passed motion this afternoon calling for an end to the Direct Provision system for asylum seekers.

It was put forward by Independent Councillor Gino O Boyle who described the current system as inhumane.

It comes after a man in the Direct Provision centre in Sligo went on hunger strike because he feared he would be deported back to Iraq.

Cllr O Boyle outlined the difficulties endured by residents of Direct Provision centres, including lack of suitable family accommodation and cooking facilities.

After his motion was passed at the council meeting this afternoon, he told Ocean FM why he brought the motion, which will now be circulated to other councils throughout the country.