Ireland reviewed by the Human Rights Council

On Thursday 6 October,  Ireland was reviewed for the first time under the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism. The UPR is a new and unique human rights mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council aiming at improving the human rights situation of each of the 192 UN Member States.  Under the mechanism, the human […]

Posted on: 10 October 2011

Catherine McGuinness launches roadmap for a transparent, fair and cost-effective asylum system

Posted on: 7 September 2011

Refugees in Dublin give a helping hand to famine refugees at home

  The East African community in Dublin, supported by the Irish Refugee Council, will give a helping hand to their country men and women affected by the famine in Somalia at a fundraising extravaganza on Friday, 2nd September. The fundraiser will bring together people of all ages and nationalities for a night of traditional Somali […]

Posted on: 22 September 2011

60th Anniversary of UN Convention an opportunity to reflect on our system

Sue Conlan, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, says: “The 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention is an opportunity for us to reflect on whether we are living up to our international obligation to protect people fleeing persecution.  Reform of the Irish asylum process is long overdue and meanwhile the people who have come […]

Posted on: 23 August 2011

Galway hostel protests symptomatic of a broken system say the Irish Refugee Council and the Galway Refugee Support Group

Wednesday, 1 June 2011 Recent protests over conditions in Galway hostels are symptomatic of the fact that Direct Provision is an inhumane and flawed system according to the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) and the Galway Refugee Support Group. Sue Conlan, Chief Executive of the IRC, says: “The Direct Provision system has an unacceptable human and […]

Posted on: 22 September 2011