Plan to abolish direct provision hits setback due to Ukraine refugee crisis

The government’s plan to end direct provision has hit ‘unavoidable delays’ as staff in charge of the strategy have been redeployed to deal with Ukrainian refugees

Roderic O’Gorman, the Minister for Children, unveiled a white paper last year as part of a plan to phase out direct provision over a four-year period. Picture: Maxwell Photography

The government’s plan to abolish direct provision has suffered further “unavoidable delays” after staff in charge of the policy were redeployed to deal with the Ukrainian refugee crisis, it has emerged.

A briefing note prepared by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, which has responsibility for the direct provision system, shows the government has hit setbacks when it comes to implementing the commitments in a white paper published last year.

The document, seen by the Business Post, said the department had to deploy “significant resources” to the short-term accommodation of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. This involved moving staff leading the implementation of the white paper to the job of responding to the Ukraine issue, the department said.