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Congolese Asylum Seeker Dies in Accommodation Centre

Congolese Asylum Seeker Dies in Accommodation Centre The Irish Refugee Council is concerned to learn of the death of another asylum seeker in an accommodation centre in Ireland. Emmanuel Marcel Landa, a Congolese asylum seeker, was found dead on Friday (21st of September) in the accommodation centre at Mosney, Co. Meath. Details of his death […]

Posted on: 27 September 2012

Direct Provision amounts to institutionalised poverty and social exclusion for children says new report from the Irish Refugee Council

A new report published by the Irish Refugee Council catalogues over 10 years of enforced child poverty, malnutrition and social exclusion caused by the institutional system of accommodating asylum seekers, known as Direct Provision.   The report, ‘State sanctioned child poverty and exclusion:  the case of children in accommodation for asylum-seekers’, is launched today (18/9/12) by […]

Posted on: 18 September 2012

Irish Refugee Council welcomes the deferral of the closure of Lisbrook House

The Irish Refugee Council welcomes the announcement by Minister Shatter’s office that he has deferred the closure of Lisbrook House Accommodation Centre in Galway whilst he reviews the background circumstances leading to the decision to close it. Sue Conlan, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, said: “The Minister has adopted a pragmatic approach to the […]

Posted on: 13 September 2012

Closure of Galway accommodation centre shows complete disregard for family and children’s rights, says Irish Refugee Council

The sudden closure of Lisbrook House accommodation centre illustrates the unsuitability of Direct Provision for families, says Irish Refugee Council.  The decision by the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) to close the Galway accommodation centre just at the start of a new school year, will severely disrupt the lives of up to 300 families and […]

Posted on: 10 September 2012

Special vulnerabilities of asylum seeking children brought to light in Special Rapporteur’s Report

 The Report of the Special Rapporteur on Children brings to light the special vulnerabilities of children in the asylum process says the Irish Refugee Council.  In particular, the Report exposes the protection risks and negative impact of the institutionalised system of accommodating asylum seekers, known as Direct Provision.  Sue Conlan, CEO of the Irish Refugee […]

Posted on: 9 August 2012