Remembering the deaths of eight refugees in the Wexford container tragedy

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the eight people who died in a freight container while fleeing persecution in their native countries.   On Sunday 11 December, Chief Executive of the Irish Refugee Council, Sue Conlan, will join a group of Turkish, Kurdish and Irish people to remember the three men, one woman and four […]

Posted on: 12 December 2011

IRC submission to the European Commission on Racism and Intolerance highlights continuing failures in the asylum process

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC ) has criticised the state for maintaining systems that are time consuming, costly and hugely damaging to asylum seekers in order to make Ireland an unattractive place in which to claim asylum in its submission to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ERCI). Sue Conlan, chief executive of the […]

Posted on: 25 November 2011

Irish Refugee Council condemns racist comments by Councillor Scully

Sue Conlan, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, says:  “Negative stereotypes create racism.  As we saw earlier this week when a Nigerian taxi driver was assaulted, this can lead to violence.  We all have a role to play in counteracting negative stereotypes and our elected officials have a special role to play in promoting tolerance […]

Posted on: 22 November 2011

Ireland’s record on economic, social and cultural rights to be reviewed

On 1 December 2011, Ireland will submit its third periodic report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This Covenant deals with rights such as housing, adequate food, education and health.  The system of Direct Provision negatively impacts upon these rights in the case of asylum seekers in Ireland. In conjunction […]

Posted on: 21 November 2011

Effective asylum reforms would reduce reliance on courts

OPINION: There needs to be an effective remedy to asylum review cases so aggrieved applicants will not have to look to the courts for redress, writes CATHERINE McGUINNESS WHEN THE courts resume next month the High Court will return to a backlog of more than 1,400 asylum and immigration cases. With 59 per cent of […]

Posted on: 19 October 2011