Policy & Advocacy Policy areas Direct Provision Submission to the Oireachtas Covid-19 response committee We were invited to submit to the Special Committee on Covid-19 Response. Our submission is available here. This document summarises some of the issues that people have encountered during the pandemic. These include: overcrowding, social welfare payments, healthcare workers, effect on children, lack of data on people’s vulnerabilities and health issues. It also includes suggested questions and issues that remain outstanding. The Irish Refugee Council’s Drop in Centre have provided support to approximately 500 people during the crisis. Several case studies, drawn from the people who have been assisted, are referenced in the annex.