Media Releases

Increase in Direct Provision allowance

Media Statement, 9th Oct 2018 Today, the government announced an increase in the weekly payment for adults and children living in Direct Provision. This welcomed increase brings the allowance up to the amount recommended in 2015 by the McMahon Group report; from €21.60 to €38.80 for adults and to €29.80 for children. “The Irish Refugee […]

Posted on: October 9, 2018

Irish Refugee Council Pre-Budget Submissions

Media Release, 8 October 2018 Irish Refugee Council urge Government to invest in legal aid to help reduce delays and improve decision-making on asylum applications   Irish Refugee Council calls for Child Benefit to be made truly universal by extending it to children in Direct Provision The Irish Refugee Council’s Pre-Budget Submission calls on the […]

Posted on: October 8, 2018

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