Concert raises funds for Cork asylum seekers

Concert raises funds for Cork asylum seekers
Artists Leah Sohotra, Mick Flannery and Martina Stafford, organiser and singer at the fundraiser at PLUGD in The Roundy to raise money to support the attendance of asylum seekers to an Empowerment Conference in Dublin in August. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Asylum seekers from Cork will be able to travel to a conference seeking direct provision be abolished in Dublin this August after a fundraiser in the city saw local music artists team up.

John and Denise Ishaque at the fundraiser at PLUGD in The Roundy to raise money to support the attendance of asylum seekers to an Empowerment Conference in Dublin in August. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
John and Denise Ishaque at the fundraiser at PLUGD in The Roundy to raise money to support the attendance of asylum seekers to an Empowerment Conference in Dublin in August. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Solo artist Mick Flannery, five-piece Cork band Shookrah and folk duo The Howling Hecate performed at PLUGD Records in The Roundy on Castle Street to raise cash to facilitate travel for asylum seekers to the Empowerment Conference in Dublin on August 13.

Aaron O'Connell, Maeve Sheridan, Reka Markos and Eszter O'Connell at the fundraiser at PLUGD in The Roundy. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Aaron O'Connell, Maeve Sheridan, Reka Markos and Eszter O'Connell at the fundraiser at PLUGD in The Roundy. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The conference is being organised by the Abolish Direct Provision Ireland team. Presenters will talk about LGBT issues, human rights concerns and mental health issues around direct provision. There will be about 100 to 150 asylum seekers in attendance from all over the country.

Ciara O'Driscoll and Lelia Riordan at the fundraiser at PLUGD in The Roundy to raise money to support the attendance of asylum seekers to an Empowerment Conference in Dublin in August. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Ciara O'Driscoll and Lelia Riordan at the fundraiser at PLUGD in The Roundy to raise money to support the attendance of asylum seekers to an Empowerment Conference in Dublin in August. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The conference is aimed at allowing asylum seekers to have a forum on issues related to direct provision.

Abolish Direct Provision Ireland is a collective of asylum seekers, citizens, organisations and representative groups working together to bring an end to direct provision.

Luke Field, Katy Darcy and Sinead Forde at the fundraiser at PLUGD. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Luke Field, Katy Darcy and Sinead Forde at the fundraiser at PLUGD. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

People are invited to attend a social bar after the conference to network and learn about other activists working to end direct provision.

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