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Mrs. Justice McGuinness joins campaign for asylum reform

  Friday, 4 June 2011: The Irish Refugee Council are delighted to announce that former Supreme Court judge and former President of the Law Reform Commission, Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness has accepted an invitation to become patron of the Council.   In accepting, Mrs. Justice McGuinness expressed an interest in promoting comprehensive reform of the asylum […]

Posted on: 22 September 2011

98.9% rejection rate symptomatic of a broken system says Irish Refugee Council

Tuesday, 5 July 2011 The exceptionally high level of refusals of applications by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) raises concerns over the level of support for asylum seekers in preparing their initial applications says the Irish Refugee Council.  The ORAC annual report for 2010 published earlier this week showed that 98.9% of […]

Posted on: 22 September 2011

Ireland not getting the ‘wrong’ sort of asylum seeker, rather asylum seekers in Ireland are getting the ‘wrong’ kind of protection system, says Irish Refugee Council

Thursday, 26 May 2011: The Department of Justice’s explanation that Ireland’s low recognition rate is due to the profile of asylum seekers received ignores the fundamental flaws in the current system, says the Irish Refugee Council. The IRC made the comment in response to statements by Department of Justice officials  replying to the UN Committee […]

Posted on: 22 September 2011

Teens tackle racism with the Irish Refugee Council

Thursday, 21 April 2011: A GROUP of 26 teenagers from Armagh and Dublin came together today (21/4/11) to talk about racism and multi-culturalism with the Irish Refugee Council. The Irish Refugee Council challenged the teens to imagine what it is like to have only minutes to pack before fleeing home forever.   They also learned what […]

Posted on: 22 September 2011

Immigration and asylum groups highlight urgent need for an independent appeals system

  Saturday, 19 February 2011: Mr. Justice Blake, President of the Upper Tribunal of the Asylum and Immigration Chamber in the UK will outline the development of the UK’s 2-tier system dealing with both immigration and asylum decisions as part of an effective remedy in immigration and asylum law at a seminar hosted jointly by […]

Posted on: 22 September 2011