Media Releases

Appointment of Justice Bryan McMahon welcomed by the Irish Refugee Council

Media Statement, 1 October 2014 The IRC welcomes the appointment of former High Court Judge, Bryan McMahon, as the independent chair of a Working Group which will make proposals on the reform of the international protection system in Ireland. Sue Conlan, CEO of the IRC said: “The decision of Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, and […]

Posted on: 1 October 2014

Consensus on the need for real change in asylum system

MEDIA STATEMENT, 19 September 2014 The Irish Refugee Council and Doras Luimni, as NGOs actively engaged in direct work with and for asylum seekers, welcome the proactive approach of Minister of Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, and Junior Minister, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, to a comprehensive review of the international protection process.  At a roundtable discussion convened by […]

Posted on: 19 September 2014

Media Statement from Lissywollen Residents

Media Statement, 9 September 2014 Residents at Lissywollen Direct Provision Accommodation Centre wrote to centre management on 1st August 2014 detailing complaints about the centre, in particular the standard of food and the manner in which the food was provided.  Failing an adequate response from management, the residents commenced a protest on 3rd September in […]

Posted on: 9 September 2014

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