Reception Conditions Directive conference

When: Thursday 22nd March 2018
Where: The Law Society of Ireland, Presidents' Hall





The Irish Refugee Council and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles are delighted to invite you to a conference on Ireland’s opt-in to the recast EU Reception Conditions Directive (2013/32/EU).

As Ireland begins the process of transposition, the conference brings together academic experts and practitioners to discuss the implications of the Directive for people seeking asylum in Ireland. The aim of the conference is to inform stakeholders of the scope of the Directive and to provide guidance on the relevant standards to be applied in its transposition.

Date: Thursday 22nd March 2018

Venue: The Law Society of Ireland, Presidents’ Hall

Please RSVP (and any queries) to: Luke Hamilton:

Draft Programme

9:00 – 9:45 Registration

9:45 – 10:00 Welcome: Nick Henderson (Irish Refugee Council)

Panel 1: The Reception Conditions Directive – 10:00 – 11:45

Chair:  Caoimhe Sheridan (Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition)

The Reception Conditions Directive  – History, Challenges and Opportunities
Dr Lieneke Slingenberg (Vrije University, Amsterdam)

The EU Context – Lessons learned from other EU Member States
Minos Mouzourakis (European Council on Refugees and Exiles)

Ireland’s human rights obligations and opt-in to the RCD
Dr Ciara Smyth (School of Law, NUI Galway)

11:45 – 12:00 Coffee Break

Panel 2: Reception and Detention Conditions in Ireland – 12:00 – 13:00    

Chair:   Minos Mouzourakis (European Council on Refugees and Exiles)

Individual rights and permitted limitations: Detention; Freedom of movement & Reduction / Withdrawal of material reception conditions
Enda O’Neill (UNHCR Ireland)

McMahon as roadmap – improvements in reception conditions
Jennifer DeWan (Nasc – the Irish Immigrant Support Centre)

13:00 – 13:45  Lunch (provided)

Panel 3: Specific Issues – 13:45 – 15:45    

Chair:  Brian Collins (Irish Refugee Council, Independent Law Centre)

The RCD and the rights of child asylum seekers in Ireland   
Dr Samantha Arnold (European Migration Network, Ireland)

Addressing the special reception needs of vulnerable asylum seekers
Luke Hamilton (Irish Refugee Council, Independent Law Centre)

Effective access to the Irish Labour market for asylum seekers 
Dr Liam Thornton (School of Law, University College Dublin)

VHI Women’s Mini Marathon: #EducationAccessRun

When: Sunday 3rd June 2018
Where: Dublin, Ireland

Will you run for Education Access this year?

Join us for the to raise much needed funds to support people in the asylum process onto further education.

You can register for the marathon via

You can setup your fundraising page via our Education Fund iDonate page.

Alternatively you can setup a fundraising page via Facebook and 100% of what you raise will be donated to us for the Fund.

Learn about the impact of this fund: Pride and Takondwa’s reflections on what education access meant for them.

Download a poster for your school or office here!

Contact to let us know that you are joining the IRC team this year!


Astral – Free Film Screening

When: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Where: Robert Emmet Lecture Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin

On Wednesday 14 March there will be a free screening of the documentary Astral at Trinity College Dublin. This event is being organised by TCD’s MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict in partnership with the Irish Refugee Council and Fernando de Juan, a Dublin based film editor.

‘Astral’, a 30-meter sailboat built in the 1970s, had always been used as a luxury boat, until its owner donated it to Proactiva Open Arms. Proactiva are a non-governmental organisation based in Spain who carry out search and rescue (SAR) operations off the coast of Libya.

The documentary focuses on Spanish journalist Jordi Évole’s journey aboard this vessel as the crew prepare the boat for SAR operations and begin their mission of rescuing people from the sea.

This film offers unique insight into the reality of SAR operations, the lives saved and the hardship and danger people have escaped before reaching Europe.

“It is a very powerful film that follows a group of human beings helping other human beings who are in a very desperate and dangerous situation. The film might be in the Spanish language but its message is universal.”

~ Fernando

(Dir. Ramon Lara, Jordi Évole, 2016)

Spanish, Catalan, French with English Subtitles

Reserve your free ticket now