Pilot project providing ‘one good adult’ for separated children seeking asylum is launched by Minister Fitzgerald

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD, today (05/07/12) formally launches a pilot project to ensure that separated children in the asylum process have the support of ‘one good adult’. The Irish Refugee Council’s Independent Advocacy Pilot provides separated children with independent advocates who support them through the asylum process and aid their […]

Posted on: 6 July 2012

Delays in reforming asylum appeal system are costing millions in legal challenges

Delays in introducing legislation reforming appeals in the asylum process contributed to costs borne by the tax payer of over €3 million in 2011 says the Irish Refugee Council (IRC).  The Annual Report of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal 2011, published today shows that 73% of the Tribunal’s non-pay expenditure went on legal costs associated with […]

Posted on: 12 June 2012

Irish Refugee Council director awarded the prestigious Captain Cathal Ryan Scholarship for contribution to enhancing the rights of refugees

Sue Conlan, Chief Executive of the Irish Refugee Council (IRC), receives the prestigious Captain Cathal Ryan Scholarship Award at a ceremony hosted by the One Foundation in the Bar Council. The award is in recognition of Sue Conlan’s lifetime work in enhancing the rights of refugees and immigrants in both Ireland and the UK. Presenting […]

Posted on: 31 May 2012

Proposed reforms not a cure-all for the problems in the asylum process says Irish Refugee Council

Monday, 30 April 2012: Figures released by the Minister for Justice on subsidiary protection and delays in the system indicate that wider reform of the protection system is urgently needed says the Irish Refugee Council (IRC).   The figures show a very low acceptance rate for those claiming subsidiary protection and very long delays from application […]

Posted on: 30 April 2012

The Irish Refugee Council urge the Government to enhance protection for asylum seeking children after report to Human Rights Committee

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) welcomes the Irish Government’s commitment to enhancing protection for all children in Irish society and urges it to extend the remit of the Ombudsman for Children to include asylum seeking children.   The IRC also urges the Government to bring forward new legislation on asylum and immigration as a matter of […]

Posted on: 15 March 2012