Sylva woman passed away in a direct provision centre on 2nd August 2018

The asylum seeker, a trans woman in her 40s known as Sylva, is understood to have been in the system for over a year.

Sylva, from Cameroon and who identified as a transwoman, was living in the men-only Great Western House Direct Provision centre in Galway when she died last August.

She was subsequently buried unbeknownst to her friends on May 9 in a HSE-owned plot at the Bohermore Cemetery  – despite her friends being told they would be informed of her burial arrangements.

"Close friends and colleagues of Sylva were assured by both national and local State representatives that we would be notified once arrangements were made," Teach Solais said in a statement.

"Sadly, we were recently informed that our dear friend was buried by the State at the beginning of May. Members of our community and, especially those close to Sylva, were devastated to hear of her burial with no-one close to her present.


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