asylum



Major report urges end of direct provision by 'mid-2023'

The widely-criticised direct provision system for asylum seekers in Ireland should be brought to an end by 2023, a major report has recommended.

Published 22 October 2020

Restrictions on asylum seekers' access to work to be eased

Restrictions on asylum seekers' access to the labour market in Ireland are set to be eased under new legislation, Justice Minister Helen McEntee has announced.

Published 22 October 2020

Supreme Court: No right to enter State, and High Court judge criticised

In an international protection appeal, the Supreme Court has held that there is no express right to enter the State for the purposes of making an application, save where the person is at its frontiers.

Published 19 October 2020

Legal Aid Board denies asylum fee cuts will impact access to justice

The Legal Aid Board has denied claims that cuts to fees for solicitors advising international protection applicants will impact access to justice for a vulnerable group of people.

Published 15 October 2020

Legal aid cuts for asylum cases to 'further limit access to justice'

Fresh cuts to legal aid for international protection applications will further limit access to justice for vulnerable people, lawyers have warned.

Published 7 October 2020

Lawyers condemn Home Office 'activist lawyers' video

The Home Office has been roundly condemned by lawyers across the UK for attacking the integrity of the legal profession and undermining the rule of law after releasing a video accusing "activist lawyers" of delaying deportations.

Published 28 August 2020

Decision not to allow Somalian man to make fresh asylum application quashed

The High Court in Belfast has quashed the Home Secretary's decision not to allow a Somalian man to make a fresh asylum application nearly 15 years after absconding during the asylum process.

Published 27 August 2020

Barrister faces calls for sacking from tribunals after anti-mask rally

A senior barrister who spoke at an anti-mask rally is facing calls to be removed from her roles on the International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT) and the Mental Health Tribunal.

Published 24 August 2020

High Court: State must establish international protection medical panel by December 2020

The High Court has ordered that the Minister for Justice and Equality must establish a medical panel for the purposes of section 23 of the International Protection Act 2015.

Published 20 August 2020

Rights watchdog voices concern for safety and well-being of asylum seekers

Ireland's human rights watchdog has written to Justice Minister Helen McEntee to set out ongoing concerns for the safety and well-being of people in the Direct Provision system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 19 August 2020

Professor Steve Peers: The Dublin Regulation – an overview

Professor Steve Peers of the University of Essex discusses the 'Dublin system' for asylum applications between EU states and the legal issues of the Channel crossings.

Published 17 August 2020

Plan to deploy Navy to intercept asylum seekers labelled 'unlawful'

Amnesty International has warned that plans to deploy the Navy to prevent asylum seekers crossing the English Channel would be "unlawful, reckless and dangerous".

Published 10 August 2020

International Protection Appeals Tribunal to resume in-person hearings

The International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT) has announced that it will re-commence hearing appeals at its Dublin premises from Thursday.

Published 4 August 2020

Asylum seekers' right to work 'undermined' by driving license ban

Asylum seekers' right to work is being undermined because they are denied access to driving licenses, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has said.

Published 30 July 2020

Alan Desmond: Would African-Americans be granted refugee status in Ireland?

Alan Desmond, law lecturer at the University of Leicester, considers whether African-Americans could come to Ireland as refugees.

Published 30 June 2020