Campaigners call for end to direct provision after young mother dies at Cork centre

Campaigners have repeated calls for an end to direct provision after a young mother took her own life in a Cork accommodation centre.

Gardaí were called to the Kinsale Rd facility at around 8.15pm on Tuesday and found the body of the 36-year-old woman from South Korea dead in her room. She had been living at the facility for between six months and a year.

A Garda spokesman confirmed they are treating the death as a personal tragedy, and are liaising with embassy officials as they prepare a file for the coroner’s court.

Residents at the centre said the woman had a history of depression, had little English, and kept to herself.

The Department of Justice, which oversees direct provision through the Reception and Integration Agency, confirmed that the woman had been receiving support services from Cork University Hospital.

The Green Party’s representative for Cork North Central, Oliver Moran, described direct provision as like “modern-day concentration camps”.

Last year Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald revealed that between 2002 and 2014, 61 asylum seekers, including 16 children under six, died in direct provision centres.

“While all of these deaths are, of course, tragic, they need to be viewed proportionately and against the background that RIA has provided accommodation for almost 53,000 persons over the course of the 14 years the direct provision policy has been in place,” Ms Fitzgerald said at the time.

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