Globe House residents call for the right to work

The Justice Minister is also facing increased pressure from residents of a Direct Provision centre in Sligo.

Residents and campaigners with Globe House took to the streets of Sligo over the weekend calling for their basic right to work to be recognised.

At the moment they cannot work while waiting for their assylum applications to be processed – that’s despite a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year which found the ban on working was ‘unconstitutional’.

Community Activist and People Before Profit member in Sligo Peadar Hopkins says the government has taken no action on that ruling and assylum seekers should be allowed to work:

This resident of Globe House has been living in Ireland since September.

She told Ocean FM’s Claire Ronan she would love to work and contribute to the local economy: