Nearly half of all people seeking asylum in Ireland still do not have access to their own cooking facilities, as pressure continues to grow on the direct provision system.
There are currently 6,227 people seeking asylum in Ireland. Of these, 48 per cent, 2,995 people, are not able to cook their own meals.
Just 18 of the 39 direct provision centres provide cooking facilities for residents. In nine of these, the 2,208 residents receive food free of charge...
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