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Irish Refugee Council calls for Government to urgently address issue of people seeking asylum being made homeless

Media Release, 20 September 2018 The Irish Refugee Council is deeply concerned that people seeking asylum are not being accommodated due to a shortage of space in the direct provision system. The Department of Justice has confirmed to RTÉ that, in the last two weeks, at least twenty people were told there were no beds […]

Posted on: September 20, 2018

IRC Call for Education Support Scheme for Young People in Asylum Process to be Made More Accessible

Media Release, 7th September 2018 The Department of Education announced today that it will continue the student support scheme for young people in the asylum process. The scheme was intended to facilitate young people in Direct Provision to move on to third level education after finishing school. Since commencement in 2015, only five people have […]

Posted on: September 7, 2018

Important and welcome changes to the right to work but problematic elements remain

Press Release, 27 June 2018 Today’s announcement that the Government has transposed the Reception Conditions Directive is a hugely significant development. For the first time, the reception and accommodation of people seeking international protection in Ireland has a statutory underpinning, bringing us in line with the rest of the EU. In particular, today marks a […]

Posted on: June 27, 2018

2017 Impact Report highlights housing crisis

MEDIA RELEASE, 10 July 2018 Irish Refugee Council 2017 ‘Impact Report’ highlights effect of the housing crisis on people seeking asylum Nick Henderson, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) said: “Our Impact Report shows the broad range of work we do as an organisation. We assisted more than 3000 people over the year on […]

Posted on: July 10, 2018

World Refugee Day – One Year Later: A Right to Work?

Op-Ed, 20 June 2018 In May 2017, the Supreme Court struck down the 20 year old ban preventing people seeking asylum from working. The judgment was enormously important, not only because it should significantly improve the lives of people trapped in Direct Provision, but because it says something fundamental about the way our highest court […]

Posted on: June 20, 2018