Media Releases

Refusals of leave to land are alarming, says Irish Refugee Council

MEDIA RELEASE, 21 January 2016 On the 15th December 2015 the Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald, in answer to parliamentary questions, stated numbers of certain nationalities refused permission to land at approved ports of entry in 2015 were as follows:  Afghan 139; Eritrean 11, Iranian 44 and Syrian 59. The Minister said that persons who are […]

Posted on: 21 January 2016

Direct Provision must end if Ireland is serious about the rights of children, says Irish Refugee Council

Media Release, 12 January 2016  The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will examine Ireland’s record on children’s rights on January 14th. One of the issues that they will consider is Direct Provision.  In the view of the Irish Refugee Council it is time for this international body to call for this system […]

Posted on: 12 January 2016

International Protection Act 2015 is a step backwards for Ireland’s support for refugees, say Irish Refugee Council

Media Statement, 30 December 2015 The International Protection Act was signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins on 30th December 2015, within six weeks of the Bill being presented to the Oireachtas on 19th November 2015 and debate guillotined in both Houses.  The Act replaces the Refugee Act 1996 and in doing so is […]

Posted on: 30 December 2015

MEDIA STATEMENT: Status for Direct Provision residents called for by thousands of supporters nationwide, marking International Migrants Day

MEDIA STATEMENT Status for Direct Provision residents called for by thousands of supporters nationwide, marking International Migrants Day On International Migrants Day and marking the end of the 15th year of Direct Provision, thousands of postcards asking the Minister of Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, and Minister of State, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, to ‘clear the asylum […]

Posted on: 18 December 2015

PRESS STATEMENT: Refugees resettled in Ireland denied their legal rights

15th December 2015 On the 60th anniversary of Ireland becoming a member of the United Nations, refugees recognised by the UN and selected for residence in Ireland have been denied their legal entitlement to full social welfare payment according to information confirmed by the Irish Refugee Council and Doras Luimní. The first refugees started arriving […]

Posted on: 15 December 2015