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Applications invited for post of Director of the European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL)

The IRC is seeking to appoint a Director to work on a contractual basis with the EDAL Project Manager.  The person is expected to take up responsibilities as soon as possible and must be available until the end of February 2014 when the current phase of EDAL will come to an end. Further information and […]

Posted on: 2 August 2013

Inhumane Direct Provision system raised at meeting with Troika

The European Anti-Poverty Network has urged the Troika to bring long-term residents of Direct Provision under a new proposal to replace rent allowance with housing assistance payments.  The Troika were told that this option would be cheaper and more humane than the direct provision system   Read the full submission here.

Posted on: 19 July 2013

Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, warns that the plight of asylum seekers could Ireland’s next national scandal

The Irish Refugee Council welcomes the Ombudsman’s public call for urgent reform of reception conditions for asylum seekers. Speaking on RTE News at One yesterday, the Ombudsman reiterated Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness’s fears that a future government will have to apologise to children raised in Direct Provision, just as Enda Kenny had to apologise to […]

Posted on: 18 July 2013

New website on European Asylum systems

Today the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and its partners the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Forum Réfugiés-Cosi and the Irish Refugee Council are launching the Asylum Information Database (AIDA) website, as part of a project funded by the European Programme on Integration and Migration (EPIM). The website aims to inform legal practitioners, policy makers, […]

Posted on: 5 July 2013

Irish Refugee Council statement in response to events at Millstreet Direct Provision Centre

Sue Conlan, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, says: “In light of the events at the asylum accommodation centre in Millstreet, Co. Cork, the Minister for Justice cannot continue to deny the need for an investigation of the system of Direct Provision system.  It is a system that is seriously harming the well-being of children […]

Posted on: 25 June 2013