Management at the direct provision centre at Mosney in Co Meath is to contact a voluntary homeless organisation after a van delivering toys and clothes was turned away from the former holiday camp on Friday.
Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) said its mobile outreach unit attempted to deliver leftover Christmas shoeboxes put together by members of the public to the children in the centre after it made an arrangement with staff there.
“This morning security refused to allow our van to deliver these items that were intended to give the children living in direct provision something to smile about,” said Anthony Flynn of ICHH.
A spokesman for the Department of Justice said the Mosney accommodation centre welcomes support for its residents and has a long track record of encouraging that support in the community.
According to the Reception and Integration Agency the contractor for the Mosney direct provision centre was paid €123.5 million by the State from 2000 to the middle of 2016.