IRC meets with the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance to highlight institutional racism within the Irish asylum process.

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) highlighted problems of exclusion and institutionalised poverty in the asylum system at a meeting with a delegation from the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance  (ECRI) this morning (27/2/12).  The IRC was particularly critical of the Irish reception system known as Direct Provision, whereby asylum seekers are given board, accommodation […]

Posted on: 28 February 2012

President Higgins launches new initiatives in refugee law by the Irish Refugee Council

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, today (17/2/12) formally launches two new initiatives for the development of refugee law in Ireland. At an event hosted by Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness, patron of the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) at the Bar Council, the President officially opens the Irish Refugee Council Independent Law Centre and marks the […]

Posted on: 17 February 2012

Irish Refugee Council urges Minister to address root causes of problems in the asylum and immigration systems

The Irish Refugee Council urges the Minister for Justice to focus on fair and efficient decision-making procedures and to introduce a robust, independent appeal process as part of the reform of the asylum and immigration system.  However, the IRC notes that the Minister’s statement on immigration failed to address the problems of lengthy delays and […]

Posted on: 4 January 2012

Judgment of European Court of Justice reinforces our obligation to have respect for fundamental rights, says Irish Refugee Council

In a judgment of significant consequence for Ireland and other Member States, the European Court of Justice has ruled that asylum seekers cannot be sent back to other European countries pursuant to the Dublin II Regulation if they are at risk of being treated inhumanely there. Jacqueline Kelly, Managing Solicitor at the Irish Refugee Council […]

Posted on: 22 December 2011

Service maps for young people in the asylum process show direct provision system is a major barrier to integration

Senator Jillian van Turnhout launches the Irish Refugee Council’s project ‘Mapping Services for Young People in the Asylum Process’ at 4pm today (13/12/11) in Crosscare’s Youth  Aftercare Support Services.  The project aims to foster the integration of children and young people living in Direct Provision in the local community through providing information on mainstream youth […]

Posted on: 13 December 2011