80% of the 173 recommendations made last year are said to be implemented or 'in progress'
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHEC) has urged the Government to implement 'without delay' the full recommendations of the Working Group on Direct Provision.
The group's report on the direct provision process for asylum seekers was published in 2015, and made 173 recommendations.
An update released today by the Justice and Equality Ministry shows that 91 of the recommendations have been implemented in full, 49 are partially implemented and 33 require “further consideration".
Minister Frances Fitzgerald said: “This represents significant progress in the past 11 months in taking forward the Working Group recommendations, with 80% now implemented, partially implemented or in progress.
“I have also committed to extending the remit of the Offices of the Ombudsman and the Ombudsman for Children to include access for residents in Direct Provision centres. This requires amending legislation which will be processed as soon as possible," she added.
IHEC Chief Commissioner Emily Logan says it is important the Working Group's recommendations are implemented 'in full' and 'without delay'.
“We recommend the Government now move to ensure the remaining measures to give effect to the recommendations are implemented so that people seeking asylum in Ireland can live with a greater degree of respect and dignity," she said.
5,000 people are estimated to be living in direct provision, and a quarter of those are children.
It is said to cost €11,000 a year to accommodate a person in direct provision.