A group which helps members of Tralee’s international community – including migrants and foreign workers – says the Government has cut its core funding.
Tralee International Resource Centre says it’s very disappointed the Government isn’t continuing to fund the service at this time. Last year, Tralee International Resource Centre received 600 visits per month from drop ins to those attending classes. The centre helps members of Tralee’ s international community including asylum seekers, refugees and foreign workers. Chairperson Kristine Silina says the centre lost its core funding of €19,000 from the Government for this year and will have to wait until next January for future funding from the State. Ms Silina’s welcomed the publication of a report by a working group set up by the Government to examine the asylum process. But she says implementing the report’s findings will create an acute need for more services, at the same time when these services face a funding crisis. She says the working group’s report highlights many of the issues that Tralee International Resource Centre has campaigned on – including conditions for asylum seekers living in direct provision. Ms Silina welcomes the report’s recommendations that asylum applications should be fast-tracked for those who are five years or more in the system and that there should be an increase in asylum seekers’ weekly allowances.