We continue to keep open channels of communication with residents and building management to advocate for the rights of the residents in the East Wall centre and to ensure commitments made on the part of the Government and building management are being delivered upon.

In early January, we submitted a letter to Government requesting that specific practical provisions be provided to the residents in the centre as a matter of urgency.

Since then, we have had meetings with Minister Roderic O’Gorman TD on Wednesday, 11 January and with newly appointed Minister of State, Joe O’Brien, TD on Thursday, 24 January. Minister O’Brien has since paid a site visit to the East Wall centre.

The purpose of these meetings was to:

  1. Establish a line of communication between the relevant Government decision makers and EWHFA;
  2. Advocate for the nine asks as outlined in our previous written correspondence to Government;
  3. Provide our friends in direct provision with the opportunity to share their own experiences of the Irish direct provision system;
  4. Call for greater transparency in relation to the agreed guidelines between Government and building management relating to their obligations to service users.

While some of these asks have since been met, overall, progress to date has been to slow. We will continue to push Government and building management to deliver upon these remaining basic needs.