The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth has announced the appointment of a new three-person independent group to monitor the implementation of the White Paper to End Direct Provision.
The provisional tasks of the group will be to monitor the progress of the transition to a new model of accommodation and supports for International Protection Applicants as set out in A White Paper to end Direct Provision and to establish a new International Protection Support Service; to provide advice on the transition process generally or on specific areas requiring attention; to prepare and publish reports periodically on the progress of the transition and to highlight any concerns arising; and to report to Government on the progress of the reform project. The Group’s reports will be made public.
The group is comprised of Catherine Day, former Secretary General of the European Commission and Chair of the Advisory Group on the Provision of Support including Accommodation to Persons in the International Protection Process, David Donoghue, retired diplomat, and former Ambassador to the United Nations, and Lorcan Sirr, housing policy expert.
The commitment to establish an External Advisory Group to provide independent oversight of the reform process is contained in the White Paper.
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