Media Releases

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

Singers from Six Direct Provision Centres Celebrate in the National Concert Hall this Sunday

Media Release, 7  June 2019 This Sunday, six singing groups, representing six Direct Provision centres, will share a celebration of their work in the National Concert Hall. The Singers have come together as a part of the Song Seeking Project (funded by the Creative Ireland Programme) to form intergenerational singing groups through a partnership between […]

Posted on: 7 June 2019

A Statement from the Irish Refugee Council about the handing of the burial of Sylva Tukula

Media Statement, 7 June 2019 “The Irish Refugee Council would like to again extend our deepest sympathies to the friends of Sylva Tukula. We now call for an urgent review of how deaths in Direct Provision are handled by the State to ensure dignity after death, openness and transparency.  It is vital that there are […]

Posted on: 7 June 2019

Financial Supports introduced for Leaving Certificate students who are three years in the asylum process 

Press release, 5 June 2019 Asylum seekers who have been in secondary school for three years now eligible for financial supports to access university courses after Leaving Cert Previous criteria required students to have been in secondary school for 5 years As the Leaving Certificate examinations begin, the Irish Refugee Council warmly welcomes news announced […]

Posted on: 5 June 2019