Media Releases

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

Over 70 women come together to raise awareness about barriers to education for people in asylum process

Media Release, 1 June 2019 On Sunday, over 70 women will participate in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon to raise awareness about education access for people in the asylum process. In 2015, the government announced a Pilot Support Scheme for school leavers in the asylum process. The scheme was intended to facilitate young people in […]

Posted on: 2 June 2019

Refugee Organisations Highlight Absence of Vulnerability Assessment in Irish Asylum Proceedure

Media Release, 26 May 2019 Eight organisations supporting people seeking asylum in Ireland have today expressed alarm at the absence of a vulnerability assessment for identifying special reception needs at the beginning of the asylum procedure. Ireland has been legally required to conduct this assessment since transposing the Reception Conditions Directive in to Irish law […]

Posted on: 27 May 2019