Appointment of Justice Bryan McMahon welcomed by the Irish Refugee Council

Posted On: October 1, 2014

Media Statement, 1 October 2014

The IRC welcomes the appointment of former High Court Judge, Bryan McMahon, as the independent chair of a Working Group which will make proposals on the reform of the international protection system in Ireland.

Sue Conlan, CEO of the IRC said: “The decision of Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, and Junior Minister, Aodhán Ó Riordáin, to appoint Justice McMahon is an indication of their genuine intent to ensure that the Working Group is not only independent but will make proposals that are in the interests of all those concerned with a fair and transparent protection system.”

Conlan continued:  “More urgency is, however, required and therefore we would hope that the Working Group will report earlier than the end of the year.  People within the asylum system have waited long enough for change and unless we act soon, the damage and long term consequences will multiply.”

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