International Protection Act 2015 is a step backwards for Ireland’s support for refugees, say Irish Refugee Council

Media Statement, 30 December 2015 The International Protection Act was signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins on 30th December 2015, within six weeks of the Bill being presented to the Oireachtas on 19th November 2015 and debate guillotined in both Houses.  The Act replaces the Refugee Act 1996 and in doing so is […]

Posted on: December 30, 2015

MEDIA STATEMENT: Status for Direct Provision residents called for by thousands of supporters nationwide, marking International Migrants Day

MEDIA STATEMENT Status for Direct Provision residents called for by thousands of supporters nationwide, marking International Migrants Day On International Migrants Day and marking the end of the 15th year of Direct Provision, thousands of postcards asking the Minister of Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, and Minister of State, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, to ‘clear the asylum […]

Posted on: December 18, 2015

PRESS STATEMENT: Refugees resettled in Ireland denied their legal rights

15th December 2015 On the 60th anniversary of Ireland becoming a member of the United Nations, refugees recognised by the UN and selected for residence in Ireland have been denied their legal entitlement to full social welfare payment according to information confirmed by the Irish Refugee Council and Doras Luimní. The first refugees started arriving […]

Posted on: December 15, 2015

OPINION: Volunteering in ‘le Jungle’, refugee camps in Calais

My time in ‘the Jungle‘, the French name for the refugee camps in Calais, was what I can only describe as a revelation.  I really don’t think I’ll ever be the same again, at least I hope I won’t.  Not that I was a bad person before but I think I was definitely a little […]

Posted on: December 15, 2015

NGOs call for the International Protection Bill to be withdrawn and reconsidered

Media Statement, 4th December 2015 Doras Luimní, the Irish Refugee Council, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland and Nasc are calling for the International Protection Bill, currently before the Seanad, to be withdrawn so that it can be properly amended by the Government and full consideration given to concerns expressed by organisations that work directly with asylum […]

Posted on: December 4, 2015

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