Immigration law



Ciarán Ahern & Patrick O'Neill: Positive changes to Irish immigration rules and regulations

Associate Ciarán Ahern and solicitor Patrick O'Neill in the employment, pensions and incentives team at A&L Goodbody examine recent changes to the Irish immigration regime.

Published 16 May 2019

End to indefinite immigration detention could save £30m per year

An end to indefinite immigration detention in the UK could save around £30 million per year, according to a new report.

Published 9 May 2019

First arrests in Northern Ireland on suspicion of human trafficking for domestic servitude

Two people have been arrested in connection with suspected human trafficking for the purpose of domestic servitude in a PSNI first.

Published 1 May 2019

Settlement reached in High Court case on human trafficking in fishing industry

An agreement has been reached in mediation between a number of Government departments and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) in a case relating to human trafficking and labour exploitation on the Irish fishing fleet.

Published 30 April 2019

Nasc to launch new three-year strategy at formal opening of new premises

Nasc, the Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre, will launch a new three-year strategy tomorrow as it marks the formal opening of its new Cork premises.

Published 25 April 2019

Re-entry visa system to be abolished next month

Ireland's re-entry visa system will be abolished with effect from next month, the Government announced today.

Published 12 April 2019

Revised UK immigration rules 'against the grain' of the Good Friday Agreement

Revised UK immigration rules go "against the grain" of the Good Friday Agreement because they remove the right of Irish citizens in Northern Ireland to be treated as EU nationals, human rights chiefs have warned.

Published 2 April 2019

Court denies family reunification to citizens who came to Ireland as refugees

Two people who came to Ireland as refugees but subsequently naturalised as Irish citizens have failed in their court bid to access the family reunification scheme.

Published 29 March 2019

Home Office has 'utterly failed' in overseeing safe and humane detention of individuals in the UK

Indefinite immigration detention should be brought to an end and there should be greater judicial oversight of the system as the Home Office has demonstrated a "shockingly cavalier" attitude in its approach to immigration detention and has overseen serious failings in almost every area of the immigration detention process, a new report by the Home Affairs Committee has found.

Published 22 March 2019

Spouses of highly-skilled workers from outside EEA to be given automatic labour market access

The spouses and partners of highly-skilled workers coming to Ireland from outside the EEA will now have immediate and full access to the Irish labour market without the need for an employment permit.

Published 6 March 2019

Immigration officials to be deployed to Dublin homelessness office

Plans to deploy immigration officials to Dublin's lead homelessness agency have been approved by Cabinet.

Published 5 March 2019

Head of Irish asylum office elected to chair key European asylum body

The head of Ireland's International Protection Office (IPO) has been elected to chair the management board of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).

Published 19 February 2019

Northern Ireland should have 'its own shortage occupation list' after Brexit

Northern Ireland should have its own shortage occupation list to support the local manufacturing and agri-food sectors, solicitor Conor McCrory has said.

Published 15 February 2019

Second fire attack on proposed refugee housing branded 'unacceptable and worrying'

A hotel which was earmarked as a possible Direct Provision centre has been subjected to an arson attack for the second time in five weeks.

Published 12 February 2019

Government to block birthright citizenship bill by refusing money message

Draft legislation to restore the right to citizenship to all children born in Ireland will not proceed past the second stage in the Dáil after Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan told TDs yesterday that the Government would refuse a money message for the bill.

Published 18 January 2019