Asylum seekers continue to face barriers to employment three years after Supreme Court ruling

Asylum seekers continue to face major barriers to entering employment more than three years after a landmark Supreme Court ruling on the right to work, the Irish Refugee Council has said.

Published 2 June 2020

Flanagan apologises to locals over Direct Provision centre in Cahersiveen

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has apologised to locals for the way in which the Direct Provision centre at the Skellig Star hotel in Cahersiveen was opened.

Published 20 May 2020

Asylum appeals tribunal's decisions triple in two years

The International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT) has more than tripled its output of decisions in two years, according to its latest annual report.

Published 14 May 2020

State 'required by law' to provide own-door accommodation to asylum seekers during pandemic

The State is required by law to provide single or household occupancy accommodation to ensure social distancing and to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to legal advice obtained by the Irish Refugee Council (IRC).

Published 5 May 2020

Pandemic has highlighted 'unsuitability and unsustainability' of Direct Provision accommodation

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted how "unsuitable and unsustainable" accommodation for asylum seekers in Ireland is, the Ombudsman has said.

Published 23 April 2020

Poland, Hungary and Czechia broke EU law by refusing asylum seekers

Poland, Hungary and Czechia broke EU law by refusing to comply with mandatory quotas for relocating asylum seekers, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled.

Published 3 April 2020

Lawyers join call for Government to protect asylum seekers from coronavirus

Lawyers and legal academics have joined hundreds of immigration and health experts in calling on the Government to take further action to protect asylum seekers during the pandemic.

Published 2 April 2020

Asylum appeals before 19 April postponed due to pandemic

The International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT) has postponed all hearings currently scheduled up to and including 19 April 2020.

Published 31 March 2020

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