Citizens who came to Ireland as refugees take family reunification case to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is hearing an appeal from two people who came to Ireland as refugees but subsequently naturalised as Irish citizens and were subsequently denied access to the family reunification scheme.

Published 7 February 2020

Asylum seeker suffered indirect discrimination from driving license agency

An asylum seeker suffered indirect discrimination when he was refused a learner driver license, the Workplace Relations Commission has ruled.

Published 17 January 2020

Justice committee calls for 'fundamental and ambitious reform' of Direct Provision and asylum process

The system of Direct Provision accommodation for asylum seekers is "not fit for purpose" and the "flawed" international protection process needs fundamental reform, the Oireachtas justice committee has said.

Published 13 December 2019

Stalled refugee bill would bring Ireland in line with international obligations

Stalled legislation on family reunification should be allowed to move forward in order for Ireland to meet its international obligations, a senator has said.

Published 5 December 2019

Documents from 20 years of Direct Provision published for first time

Over 20 years of documents relating to the Direct Provision system have been published for the first time by a legal academic as part of a new project exploring how the system emerged and developed.

Published 6 November 2019

Supreme Court to hear leapfrog appeal over definition of 'child' in asylum law

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from the State over the definition of "child" in the International Protection Act 2015.

Published 1 November 2019

Implications of Brexit for asylum policy highlighted in new report

The implications of Brexit for asylum policy and for vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in Europe have been highlighted in a new Lords committee report.

Published 11 October 2019

Nearly 2,000 asylum seekers granted permission to work in wake of Supreme Court ruling

Nearly 2,000 asylum seekers in Ireland were granted permission to work last year under a new system introduced after a landmark Supreme Court ruling.

Published 26 September 2019

Ombudsman calls for remit to cover how asylum applications are assessed

The Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall, has called for his remit to be extended to include how asylum applications are assessed by the Minister for Justice.

Published 25 September 2019

German academic Dr Nina Leuck awarded EU funding to research at UCD School of Law

German academic Dr Nina C. Leuck has been awarded funding from the European Commission to carry out research at UCD Sutherland School of Law on refugee education.

Published 13 September 2019

Lords committee raises concerns over refugee protection after Brexit

Leaving the European Union means the loss of a safe, legal route for the reunification of separated refugee families in Europe, a House of Lords committee has told the UK government.

Published 10 September 2019

Asylum seeker was rejected because he didn't have 'gay demeanour'

A man seeking asylum in the UK from a country where homosexuality is illegal was rejected by an immigration judge because he did not have a gay "demeanour", a barrister has said.

Published 22 August 2019

Government publishes national standards for asylum seeker accommodation

The Government has set out the national standards for asylum seeker accommodation and reception centres in Ireland following engagement with the UN and various NGOs.

Published 16 August 2019

Ireland failing legal obligations to asylum seekers, report warns

Ireland is in breach of EU law and is not fulfiling its obligations to asylum seekers under a directive which became legally binding a year ago, a new report has warned.

Published 12 July 2019

Ireland failing international obligations by neglecting to carry out vulnerability assessments of asylum seekers

The State is failing to meet its international legal obligations by not carrying out vulnerability assessments of asylum seekers, the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) has warned.

Published 9 July 2019