Media Releases

Residents of Athlone Direct Provision Accommodation Centre on hunger strike

Media Release, 4 September 2014 The residents of Lissywollen Direct Provision Accommodation Centre, Athlone, have been refusing food since yesterday. Nearly 60% of the residents are children.  This protest came about in response to the management’s failure to respond to a letter that was drafted by residents on August 1st 2014. In the letter, residents […]

Posted on: 4 September 2014

Pressure mounts in call for closure of Mount Trenchard ahead of Friday’s planned demonstration

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT, 21 August 2014 Doras Luimní’s call for the immediate closure of Mount Trenchard direct provision centre is being supported by the Irish Refugee Council as pressure mounts ahead of the planned demonstration in Limerick on Friday. The centre has a reputation among asylum seekers and those working with them as the centre […]

Posted on: 21 August 2014

The Irish Refugee Council fully support Doras Luimní’s call to close Mount Trenchard

Media Statement, 19 August 2014 Yesterday, Limerick-based NGO, Doras Luimní, called for the immediate closure of the Mount Trenchard Direct Provision centre in Foynes. This call followed a series of events that have brought to light the dire situation that the residents are in: substandard living conditions; isolation and depression; years left waiting for a […]

Posted on: 19 August 2014

Emily Logan’s new appointment bodes well for human rights in Ireland

Media Release, 17th July 2014 The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) welcomes the new appointment of Emily Logan to serve as Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin’s confidence that the new Commission has the potential to make a very real difference to human rights and equality in Ireland. […]

Posted on: 17 July 2014

The protection of children should be our priority on World Refugee Day 2014

MEDIA RELEASE, 20 June 2014 The intense interest over the Tuam Mother and Baby Home unmarked burial site has again brought the system of Direct Provision into the public eye.  On the 20th June the Irish Refugee Council will be marking World Refugee Day with Geoffrey Shannon, Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, the European Youth […]

Posted on: 20 June 2014