World Refugee Day, a time for reflection and forward thinking

Press Release, 20 June 2019 Marking World Refugee Day the Irish Refugee Council reflects on welcome changes in Ireland for people seeking asylum and refugees, but highlight that much more needs to be done to ensure that Ireland leads and sets positive examples both at home and abroad. “In the last few years we have […]

Posted on: 20 June 2019

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