Emily Logan’s new appointment bodes well for human rights in Ireland

Posted On: July 17, 2014

Simmy Ndlovu

Media Release, 17th July 2014

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) welcomes the new appointment of Emily Logan to serve as Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin’s confidence that the new Commission has the potential to make a very real difference to human rights and equality in Ireland.

Sue Conlan, CEO of the IRC said, “We would like to note the interest and concern Ms Logan has shown about the situation of children living in Direct Provision in her role as Ombudsman for Children, a position that she held with independence and integrity. We gladly welcome the opportunity she will have to address these issues in her new capacity.”

Conlan went on to say, “The Commissioners Designate have already made Direct Provision a key work priority.  We look forward to working together with Ms Logan and the other Commissioners on the issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees in Ireland. Last month Labour Youth voted unanimously to award the Irish Refugee Council the Jim Kemmy ‘Thirst for Justice’ award for our work on Direct Provision. The IRC will continue to campaign until we see an end to the Direct Provision System in Ireland.”

Simmy Ndlovu, a campaign member who collected the award on behalf of the IRC said, “What will future generations of Irish citizens think when they read Irish history and realise that this was government policy? Is the present generation even aware of what is happening, or is it possible they don’t care? Given the historic Irish experience of emigration, how can this be so?”

ENDS

Contact:

Caroline Reid, Communications Officer  085 8585510 / caroline@irishrefugeecouncil.ie

Notes:

Photos from the Labour Youth Award available

Simmy Ndlovu’s full speech

The Irish Refugee Council has set out the elements of a human reception system in their report ‘Framing an Alternative’

The Jim Kemmy ‘Thirst For Justic’ Award

Presented annually to a group or individual who has contributed enormously to Irish society on a matter of social justice. The award is named after the Democratic Socialist Party and Labour Party TD Jim Kemmy, who represented Limerick East in Dáil Eireann throughout much of the 1980s and ‘90s, and Limerick City as Mayor (’91-92 and ’95-96).

In January or February of each year, Labour Youth delegates to their first National Meeting of the new year hold a vote on which individual or group are to be asked to receive the Jim Kemmy Award. Any amount of nominations can be made. At their first National Meeting of 2014, Rory Geraghty of Dublin South West Labour nominated the Irish Refugee Council to receive the award, in recognition of their campaign to end Direct Provision.