In visiting Leinster House, the women had an opportunity to learn more about public life in Ireland and our systems of government. The women met with several other public representatives and spoke of the challenges of life inside the direct provision centres and in being separated from their families and communities.
All the women demonstrated a clear commitment to continuing their learning while in the direct provision centre and in learning as much as they can about Ireland and the local community that they were living in. They also spoke of their frustration of being unable to give back to Irish society through working.
I am grateful to them for sharing their experiences with me and with my colleagues in Leinster House and intend to continue to advocate for dismantling of direct provision and the full implementation of the McMahon Report.