Media Releases

Refugee family reunification bill progresses to the Dáil

 Media Release, 5 December 2018 Oxfam Ireland, Nasc and the Irish Refugee Council urge TDs to show support and keep families together this Christmas  A Bill that will enable refugees living in Ireland to be reunited with their dependent loved ones will progress to the Dáil tomorrow (Thursday 6 December) – seven months since it […]

Posted on: 5 December 2018

IRC Education Fund highlights barriers in access to further education for people seeking asylum

Media Release, 28 November 2018   Wednesday, 28 November is the first ever World Access to Higher Education Day  to raise global awareness around inequalities in access to higher education.  To mark the day, the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) are drawing attention to the many barriers that people in the asylum process face in accessing […]

Posted on: 28 November 2018

Increase in Direct Provision allowance

Media Statement, 9th Oct 2018 Today, the government announced an increase in the weekly payment for adults and children living in Direct Provision. This welcomed increase brings the allowance up to the amount recommended in 2015 by the McMahon Group report; from €21.60 to €38.80 for adults and to €29.80 for children. “The Irish Refugee […]

Posted on: 9 October 2018

Irish Refugee Council calls for Government to urgently address issue of people seeking asylum being made homeless

Media Release, 20 September 2018 The Irish Refugee Council is deeply concerned that people seeking asylum are not being accommodated due to a shortage of space in the direct provision system. The Department of Justice has confirmed to RTÉ that, in the last two weeks, at least twenty people were told there were no beds […]

Posted on: 20 September 2018

IRC Call for Education Support Scheme for Young People in Asylum Process to be Made More Accessible

Media Release, 7th September 2018 The Department of Education announced today that it will continue the student support scheme for young people in the asylum process. The scheme was intended to facilitate young people in Direct Provision to move on to third level education after finishing school. Since commencement in 2015, only five people have […]

Posted on: 7 September 2018