Vision, Purpose and Values

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) works with and for refugees in Ireland.

Our Vision & Purpose

To create a just, fair and inclusive society for people seeking asylum.

The Irish Refugee Council believes, in accordance with the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees, that every person has the right to claim asylum and to have their application considered in a fair and transparent manner.

Our Values


To work tirelessly and fearlessly to fulfil our charitable mandate to assist people seeking asylum in Ireland and bring about change to improve their lives.

Human Rights

The international human rights law framework, and the fundamental right to claim asylum, is at the core of our work.


We strive to be inclusive and representative of people in the asylum process and ensuring that their voice is prioritised and amplified at all times.


We will be experts in asylum law, policy and practice in order to ensure the best services and policy outputs.


We work together with other organisations, activists and individuals for the
best interests of people seeking asylum.