Irish Refugee Council statement in response to events at Millstreet Direct Provision Centre

Sue Conlan, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, says: “In light of the events at the asylum accommodation centre in Millstreet, Co. Cork, the Minister for Justice cannot continue to deny the need for an investigation of the system of Direct Provision system.  It is a system that is seriously harming the well-being of children […]

Posted on: 25 June 2013

The latest statistics on asylum in Europe shows that Ireland has amongst the lowest rates of acceptance of refugees

  The latest European statistics on granting asylum show that Ireland has the third lowest The Irish Refugee Council welcomes the improvement in acceptance rates at first instance, but expresses concern at the continuing below average rate of acceptance in Ireland. 10% of cases were granted status at first instance and just 6.8% were successful […]

Posted on: 19 June 2013

Sad news of a former colleague

The IRC is very sad to learn of the untimely death of a former colleague, Pat Guerin.  Despite having left the IRC several years ago, Pat continued to work for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, most recently as a presenter on Near FM, and was very active during the recent months in support […]

Posted on: 14 June 2013

Ombudsman’s report confirms fears about effects of policy on asylum seekers on families

A recent report by the Ombudsman, ‘Appeal Overruled: A failure to Provide Basic Income for a Family Seeking Asylum’ on the failure of the HSE to implement a decision of the Social Welfare Appeals Office to grant Supplementary Welfare Allowance to a mother and her daughters confirms fears about the treatment of asylum seeking families […]

Posted on: 12 June 2013