Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Padraig Mac Lochlainn has said he is concerned at reports of people queuing from 3am for visa renewals at the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and of heavy handed treatment of vulnerable people by the Gardaí.
Speaking after hearing reports of protests outside the GNIB office at Burgh Quay this morning Deputy Mac Loochlainn;
“It is very concerning to hear of people spending hours queuing at the office in order to renew their visas. We have heard reports of people queuing from 3am in what was one of the coldest nights of winter so far.
“We have also heard reports of some particularly vulnerable people being dealt with aggressively by members of the Gardaí when protesting that there were no more slots available after waiting hours.
“I will be raising the issue with the Minister for Justice next week and calling on her to make more resources available to ensure that people do not have to continue to wait in these dire conditions simply to renew their visas.”