THE hunger strike started this morning by asylum seekers housed in the Skellig Star facility in Caherciveen, and the treatment they have experienced since being transferred there at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, has left an entire community outraged, a Kerry TD said this evening.
Deputy Danny Healy-Rae has written to both Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Justice Minister Helen McEntee asking them to intervene immediately and close the centre down.
“It is clearly not fit for purpose. I sincerely ask you to find alternative and appropriate accommodation for these people where issues of basic human rights do not come into question,” he wrote.
Deputy Healy-Rae said the situation has clearly reached crisis point when residents took the decision to go on hunger strike as they claim food is being rationed and that their supply of drinking water has been decreased significantly.
“Furthermore, it is believed the residents are only receiving four litres of milk per day per 38/40 people. It is also believed that a number of residents have left the centre in desperation,” Deputy Healy-Rae stated.
He said the entire south Kerry community is outraged not only by the manner in which the residents were transferred to Cahecsiveen and the inadequacy of facilities in the premises, but at how appalling the people have been treated in their community.
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