JRS Ireland Budget 2019 Statement

JRS Ireland today (9th October 2018) issued a statement welcoming the announcement in Budget 2019 to increase the Direct Provision weekly allowance payments.
JRS Ireland is delighted with the Government's decision to restore the real value of Direct Provision allowance payments in Budget 2019 by increasing weekly payments to €38.80 for adults and to €29.80 per child in line with the McMahon Report recommendation. This measure will benefit each and every man, woman and child seeking asylum who are residing in Direct Provision to live with greater dignity.
Eugene Quinn, National Director, said "JRS Ireland and many asylum seeker support organisations have campaigned since the publication of the McMahon Report in June 2015 for the weekly direct provision allowance payments to be increased as recommended to €38.80 for adults and to €29.80 per child. We would like to thank and acknowledge the leadership of the Minister for Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD., in bringing through this measure as part of Budget 2019. Each of the 5,600 Direct Provision residents will benefit from these increases to weekly payments and as a result will be able to live with greater dignity while awaiting a final determination of their claim for protection."
JRS Ireland's Budget 2019 Submission had called on the Government to restore the real value of the weekly allowance payments to enable asylum seekers live with greater dignity in the Direct Provision system.