Labour leader Alan Kelly says the direct provision system needs to be abolished, citing issues that have been flagged with one accommodation centre in Miltown Malbay.
A local group in the West Clare town, who have supported the asylum seekers, have written to the Department of Justice to call for the centre to be closed.
Clare FM has spoken with management at the facility, who referred enquiries for comment to the Department of Justice.
The Department says it’s taking the issues extremely seriously, and says the welfare of residents is their key concern.
In the Dáil, Deputy Kelly said the situation in Miltown Malbay is not good enough.
In response, while not referencing Miltown Malbay directly, Leo Varadkar said ‘much direct provision accommodation is substandard’ and this needs to change.