Do not abuse free speech principles to smear asylum seekers and Muslims, says IRC and ENAR Ireland

MEDIA STATEMENT, 5 April 2016 The article in the Limerick Post on 1st April 2016 (‘Limerick asylum centre worker claims extremists have infiltrated the system Limerick’) contained accusations against unknown individuals living in Direct Provision centres in Limerick.  The words such as ‘extremist’, ‘gangs’, ‘radical Muslim men’, ‘radicals’, ‘worrying level of extremism, bordering on hatred’, […]

Posted on: 5 April 2016

Open Letter To All TDs On The European Council Deal With Turkey

Dear Deputy, On 22nd March 2016 the Acting Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, will report to the Dáil on the meeting of the European Council attended by himself and Acting Minister of State, Dara Murphy TD, in Brussels on 17 and 18 March 2016. As a group of organisations we are seeking your commitment to the […]

Posted on: 22 March 2016

A deal between the EU and Turkey would deny refugees protection, says Irish Refugee Council and Doras Luimní

Media Release, 14 March 2016 This morning Irish Refugee Council and Doras Luimní wrote to the Taoiseach, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Justice together with all TDs, Senators and MEPs calling on the acting government not to sign up to the EU-Turkey deal.   Sue Conlan, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, said […]

Posted on: 14 March 2016

Time for politicians to get serious about the rights of asylum seekers and refugees

In the 2016 General Election candidates will be asking for you to vote for them. This is your opportunity to make it clear to them what you want to be done by an Irish government in your name. These toolkits set out some key issues for those who support asylum seekers and refugees to raise […]

Posted on: 2 February 2016

Refusals of leave to land are alarming, says Irish Refugee Council

MEDIA RELEASE, 21 January 2016 On the 15th December 2015 the Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald, in answer to parliamentary questions, stated numbers of certain nationalities refused permission to land at approved ports of entry in 2015 were as follows:  Afghan 139; Eritrean 11, Iranian 44 and Syrian 59. The Minister said that persons who are […]

Posted on: 21 January 2016