Asylum seekers to be able to open accounts with any retail bank

Asylum seekers and refugees will be able to open accounts at any of Ireland's five retail banks with alternative documentation under new measures.

Published 14 May 2021

Home Office asylum plans will place vulnerable children in 'extreme danger'

Government plans to restrict asylum claims from people entering the UK without authorisation will place vulnerable children in extreme danger, the Children's Law Centre (CLC) has warned.

Published 13 May 2021

Law Society urges government rethink on asylum plans

The Law Society of Northern Ireland has urged Home Secretary Priti Patel to rethink plans to restrict asylum claims from people entering the UK illegally.

Published 11 May 2021

High Court: Refusal of protection for applicants claiming political violence quashed due to being 'marred by unreasonableness'

The High Court has quashed a decision by the International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT) which refused protection for two Albanian nationals claiming to be the victims of political violence.

Published 4 May 2021

Children in direct provision being failed due to lack of oversight and 'culture of fear'

Children and families in direct provision are being failed due to a lack of sufficiently robust oversight mechanisms and a "culture of fear" around raising complaints, the Ombudsman for Children's Office (OCO) has said.

Published 28 April 2021

Bank of Ireland changes policies to allow asylum seekers to open accounts

Asylum seekers can now open a bank account with Bank of Ireland following an intervention by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Published 12 April 2021

Home Office to send asylum seekers to live in 'squalor and inhumane conditions'

The Home Office has come under fire after confirming plans to send asylum seekers to live in "squalor and inhumane conditions" at a former military site.

Published 8 April 2021

Direct provision to be 'phased out' by 2024 under government plans

Plans to phase out the direct provision system of accommodation for asylum seekers by 2024 have been set out by the government in a white paper published this morning.

Published 26 February 2021

Human rights commission to intervene in asylum seekers driving licence case

Ireland's human rights watchdog has been granted permission to act as amicus curiae in a case concerning the National Driving Licence Service’s (NDLS) refusal to permit asylum seekers to exchange their foreign driving licences for Irish ones.

Published 24 February 2021

Delayed white paper on ending direct provision due next week

A long-awaited white paper setting out the government's plans to replace the widely-criticised direct provision system for asylum seekers will be published next week.

Published 18 February 2021

Asylum seekers to gain access to labour market sooner

Asylum seekers will be able to seek work in Ireland six months after making their application for international protection under new rules announced today.

Published 28 January 2021

Non-binary person granted asylum in first-of-its-kind ruling

A non-binary person from El Salvador has been granted asylum in the UK in a first-of-its-kind ruling.

Published 5 January 2021

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