Media Releases

Open Letter To All TDs On The European Council Deal With Turkey

Dear Deputy, On 22nd March 2016 the Acting Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, will report to the Dáil on the meeting of the European Council attended by himself and Acting Minister of State, Dara Murphy TD, in Brussels on 17 and 18 March 2016. As a group of organisations we are seeking your commitment to the […]

Posted on: 22 March 2016

A deal between the EU and Turkey would deny refugees protection, says Irish Refugee Council and Doras Luimní

Media Release, 14 March 2016 This morning Irish Refugee Council and Doras Luimní wrote to the Taoiseach, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Justice together with all TDs, Senators and MEPs calling on the acting government not to sign up to the EU-Turkey deal.   Sue Conlan, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, said […]

Posted on: 14 March 2016

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