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Department of Equality and Integration confirms presence of cockroaches at Direct Provision Centre in Monaghan

Nov 6, 2020 07:11 By News Northern Sound
Department of Equality and Integration confirms presence of cockroaches at Direct Provision Centre in Monaghan Department of Equality and Integration confirms presence of cockroaches at Direct Provision Centre in Monaghan
The entrance to the St Patrick's Accommodation Centre outside Monaghan town.
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The Department of Equality and Integration has confirmed the presence of cockroaches at a Direct Provision Centre in Monaghan. This week, images appeared on social

The Department of Equality and Integration has confirmed the presence of cockroaches at a Direct Provision Centre in Monaghan.

This week, images appeared on social media which purported to show the presence of cockroaches in St Patrick's Centre.

Images of cockroaches at what was claimed to be St Patrick's Centre in Monaghan were circulated online this week.

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One of the images was of a man's arm covered in a dark rash, and the caption said the man believed the rash could be the result of cockroaches in his room.

Last night, the Department confirmed the presence of cockroaches in one building of the centre.

In a statement, it said "exterminators were immediately hired and the Department has been informed that the issue has since been resolved".

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The statement added that the Minister with responsibility for Direct Provision, Roderic O'Gorman, "is committed to improving standards in International Protection accommodation as the Government works to end Direct Provision".

The centre was inspected by International Protection Accommodation Service staff in September, the statement said that Minister O'Gorman will review its report and engage with IPAS about its findings and any recommendations.

Minister O'Gorman is to meet with NGOs and residents in Direct Provision over the coming weeks as part of the process of drafting the Government's White Paper on ending Direct Provision.

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