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Call for Choral Facilitators for ‘Song Seeking’ Project

‘Song Seeking’ is a group singing research project funded by Creative Ireland under the National Creativity Fund. The project involves a cross-agency collaboration between Mary Immaculate College (MIC) as the project lead, the Association of Irish Choirs (AOIC) and the Irish Refugee Council (IRC). Across six direct provision (DP) centres, the project involves intergenerational group […]

Posted on: 17 October 2018

Important and welcome changes to the right to work but problematic elements remain

Press Release, 27 June 2018 Today’s announcement that the Government has transposed the Reception Conditions Directive is a hugely significant development. For the first time, the reception and accommodation of people seeking international protection in Ireland has a statutory underpinning, bringing us in line with the rest of the EU. In particular, today marks a […]

Posted on: 27 June 2018

The thing that differentiates one young person from another is not ability, but access to opportunity.

But what if you are denied that access? This is the reality for hundreds of young people living in Direct Provision. They go to school, they study, and they sit their Leaving Certificate. And they do so knowing that regardless of how well they do, their chance of moving onto 3rd level education is slim. […]

Posted on: 29 July 2018

2017 Impact Report highlights housing crisis

MEDIA RELEASE, 10 July 2018 Irish Refugee Council 2017 ‘Impact Report’ highlights effect of the housing crisis on people seeking asylum Nick Henderson, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) said: “Our Impact Report shows the broad range of work we do as an organisation. We assisted more than 3000 people over the year on […]

Posted on: 10 July 2018

World Refugee Day – One Year Later: A Right to Work?

Op-Ed, 20 June 2018 In May 2017, the Supreme Court struck down the 20 year old ban preventing people seeking asylum from working. The judgment was enormously important, not only because it should significantly improve the lives of people trapped in Direct Provision, but because it says something fundamental about the way our highest court […]

Posted on: 20 June 2018