Media Releases

Irish NGOs call on Ireland to recommit to search and rescue in the Mediterranean

Media Release, 7 November 2019 A delegation of organisations (Médecins Sans Frontières, Open Arms, Refugee Rescue, Sea Watch) working in the Mediterranean are currently visiting Ireland to raise awareness about their work. Coinciding with the visit, a spokesperson for the Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition stated: “We warmly welcome these frontline responders to Ireland. Their […]

Posted on: 7 November 2019

If you had the choice to save a life, would you? The importance of search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean

Media Release, 7 November 2019 Today, Thursday 7 November, and tomorrow, crew members from four search and rescue (SAR) NGO boats carrying out lifesaving missions at sea are in Dublin for a number of public and political engagements. The purpose of the visit is to highlight the ongoing need for safe, legal pathways to protection, […]

Posted on: 7 November 2019

Statement from the Irish Refugee Council on Essex lorry tragedy

23 October 2019 As of yet, little is known about the 39 people found dead in a lorry in Essex, or what fate led them to be in that container. What we do know is that people seeking asylum are often compelled to take similar life threatening journeys because of the clear absence of safe […]

Posted on: 23 October 2019

Irish Refugee Council report warns that Ireland is in breach of EU law

Media Release, 12 July 2019 One year on from new law, IRC report highlights Ireland’s failures to meet legal obligations in EU Reception Conditions Directive No vulnerability assessment in place for people with special reception needs 936 people seeking asylum in emergency accommodation, an increase from 196 in November 2018 People living in emergency centres […]

Posted on: 12 July 2019

World Refugee Day, a time for reflection and forward thinking

Press Release, 20 June 2019 Marking World Refugee Day the Irish Refugee Council reflects on welcome changes in Ireland for people seeking asylum and refugees, but highlight that much more needs to be done to ensure that Ireland leads and sets positive examples both at home and abroad. “In the last few years we have […]

Posted on: 20 June 2019