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#Asylum Seekers

# asylum-seekers - Monday 9 March, 2020

Explainer: What’s going on between Turkey and Greece and the EU?

Talks on the migrant crisis are being held today – here’s the background to the situation.

# asylum-seekers - Monday 2 March, 2020

Department to hold meeting with locals in Rosslare ahead of new Direct Provision centre opening

The centre will be located at the former Rosslare Port Lodge Hotel.

# asylum-seekers - Wednesday 19 February, 2020

'We don't want to create an 'us and them' scenario': Tullamore councillors to discuss planned Direct Provision centre

“It’s a fait accompli, I would prefer if there had been more consultation,” one councillor said.

# asylum-seekers - Tuesday 18 February, 2020

Direct provision centre to accommodate up to 168 asylum seekers in Offaly from early March

The premises was offered to the Department via the recent public procurement competition for the Midlands region.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 30 January, 2020

'I might never see my parents again': Asylum seekers share their experiences of isolation and PTSD

Many female asylum seekers and refugees in Ireland are living with depression, anxiety and PTSD, a new report has found.

# asylum-seekers - Friday 17 January, 2020

Government aiming for 'successful conclusion' to asylum seeker driver licence question after WRC ruling WRC

Government aiming for 'successful conclusion' to asylum seeker driver licence question after WRC ruling

The Workplace Relations Commission found that a man suffered “indirect discrimination” after being denied a licence.

# asylum-seekers - Tuesday 14 January, 2020

'They operate in a vacuum': Migrant rights group hits out at lack of inspections for hotels housing asylum seekers

There are currently over 1,500 asylum seekers living in Emergency Accommodation.

# asylum-seekers - Monday 6 January, 2020

Video of crowded Direct Provision room not staged, says asylum seeker group

Video footage posted on Twitter appears to show ten beds in one hotel room in Portarlington.

# asylum-seekers - Sunday 5 January, 2020

Student living in Direct Provision says jail would be 'better than being here'

Mature student Lesley Mkoko says his bedroom in Waterford city is infested with bedbugs.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 26 December, 2019

'Nothing special being asked of Oughterard' in accommodating asylum seekers, said top Justice official

Plans for a Direct Provision centre were abandoned after weeks of protests by locals.

# asylum-seekers - Tuesday 24 December, 2019

'I expect more from you': Letters of complaint sent to the Taoiseach called on him to drop Verona Murphy

Leo Varadkar admits that the Verona Murphy controversy has caused reputational damage to Fine Gael.

# asylum-seekers - Monday 23 December, 2019

Protesters barred from interfering in accommodation being fitted out for asylum seekers in Leitrim

Mr Justice Max Barrett granted the permanent injunction today.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 12 December, 2019

'Treated like cattle': Justice Committee chair says 'profiteering' use of hotels for asylum seekers should end

The Justice Committee today launched its report into Direct Provision.

Direct Provision should be 'replaced' or 'fundamentally reformed', Justice Committee concludes

The committee heard from stakeholders in relation to Direct Provision over the summer.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 28 November, 2019

Asylum seekers to move into Leitrim apartments after 'constructive' meeting between Minister and locals

Ballinamore Community Group had held protests over the plans in recent months.

# asylum-seekers - Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Opinion: 'We will soon see asylum seekers living in sports halls and tents if we don't do something'

Head of the UN Refugee Agency Enda O’Neill says a “road map” is needed to complete reform in Ireland’s asylum system.

# asylum-seekers - Monday 18 November, 2019

FG candidate Verona Murphy apologises for saying some asylum seekers need to be 'deprogrammed'

Murphy is a candidate in the upcoming Wexford by-election.

# asylum-seekers - Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Up to 4.8m unauthorised migrants lived in Europe in 2017 - that's less than 1% of the population

An ‘unauthorised migrant’ was defined as a foreigner who entered the country illegally, or asylum seekers waiting to be processed.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 7 November, 2019

Taoiseach says asylum seekers should be allowed to get licences for driving

Leo Varadkar says the rules were changed to allow asylum seekers to work, therefore they should be allowed to drive to that workplace.

# asylum-seekers - Tuesday 5 November, 2019

Minister has 'constructive' meeting with locals about Direct Provision centre in Ballinamore

Plans to house over 100 asylum seekers in the town have been postponed amid protests.

# asylum-seekers - Wednesday 30 October, 2019

'A Lightning Rod': Anti-immigrant rhetoric, Ireland's Direct Provision system and Carrickmacross

The Co Monaghan town was the first to accommodate asylum seekers in emergency accommodation last year.

# asylum-seekers - Tuesday 29 October, 2019

Police investigating deaths of 39 Essex lorry victims seeking to track brothers from Armagh

Ronan and Christopher Hughes are believed to have links in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

# asylum-seekers - Wednesday 16 October, 2019

State paying hotels and guesthouses €462,000 per week to accommodate asylum seekers

€18 million was spent on emergency accommodation for asylum seekers in the first nine months of 2019.

# asylum-seekers - Sunday 13 October, 2019

Upgrade works due to be completed at Direct Provision centre in July still haven't started

Residents in Clondalkin Towers say they have been told that the works may not commence until next year.

# asylum-seekers - Monday 23 September, 2019

'I don't want to see these people on our streets': Charlie Flanagan admits 'crisis' in asylum seeker accommodation

The Justice Minister says over 1,300 asylum seekers are currently in emergency accommodation.

# asylum-seekers - Saturday 14 September, 2019

Protest in Oughterard over Direct Provision centre concerns

Hundreds of people took part in the protest in the Galway town.

# asylum-seekers - Friday 13 September, 2019

Taoiseach calls on Galway TD to withdraw remarks made at direct provision centre public meeting

Footage shared on social media shows Noel Grealish referencing “economic migrants” from Africa coming to “sponge off us”.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 12 September, 2019

Justice Minister Flanagan 'very disappointed' over comments made at Galway direct provision centre meeting

Locals expressed their frustration at a meeting in Oughterard yesterday evening.

'There's an absence of information': Calls for clarity after 700 people attend meeting about Galway direct provision centre

Locals are concerned about what it would mean for the town if the building accommodates asylum seekers.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 29 August, 2019

Government to spend €65 million on new Direct Provision centres in four counties

The Department of Justice & Equality has struggled to open new centres since 2018.

# asylum-seekers - Tuesday 27 August, 2019

Emergency accommodation for asylum seekers costs three times more than Direct Provision centres

Over 1,000 asylum seekers are now living in hotels and B&Bs around Ireland.

# asylum-seekers - Monday 19 August, 2019

Asylum seekers forced to wash clothes in sinks at Dublin hotel

Over 1,000 asylum seekers are now living in hotels and B&Bs around Ireland.

# asylum-seekers - Sunday 4 August, 2019

'A gross violation': Asylum seekers say post is being opened without consent

Residents in Direct Provision centres have claimed the practice is commonplace.

# asylum-seekers - Tuesday 30 July, 2019

Three men who made their way to Ireland hidden on indie band's truck claim asylum

The band Two Door Cinema Club first made the discovery after the men emerged from the truck’s spare tyre compartment.

# asylum-seekers - Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Fresh concerns over Direct Provision after incident involving children at Cork centre Exclusive

The Department of Justice says it is aware of an incident in the centre.

# asylum-seekers - Friday 12 July, 2019

Call for Ireland to accept Brexit-delayed asylum applications that would otherwise be transferred to UK

A report by the Irish Refugee Council says Ireland has “typically chosen to follow the UK’s lead” on asylum issues.

# asylum-seekers - Saturday 6 July, 2019

NGOs asked by justice department to help asylum seekers in emergency accommodation 'as soon as possible'

There are now 777 people living in emergency set-ups in 25 counties around Ireland.

# asylum-seekers - Thursday 4 July, 2019

'Difficulty accessing services': Complaints from asylum seekers living in hotels raised with Ombudsman

There are now 777 people living in emergency set-ups in 25 counties around Ireland.

# asylum-seekers - Wednesday 26 June, 2019

'Horrifying image' of drowned father and daughter crossing Rio Grande increases spotlight on US immigration

The photo is reminiscent of the 2015 image of Syrian child Alan Kurdi who died in the Mediterranean near Turkey.

# asylum-seekers - Wednesday 19 June, 2019

200 people to be moved as Dublin city Direct Provision centre closes down

It was reported in March that Hatch Hall will be turned into a 5-star hotel.

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