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# Asylum Seekers

This year
2024
Irish Refugee Council criticises decision to end emergency accommodation offered during cold spell
Emergency accommodation offered to homeless asylum seekers ends, despite freezing temperatures forecast
Emergency housing: How a small network of companies is making millions from a ballooning industry
One TD has called for more oversight into the provision of emergency housing.
According to Government data, more than €1 billion was spent housing new arrivals between January and September last year.
More than 50 companies run interchangeably by two directors have been paid over €20 million between them in two years.
One TD has called for more oversight into the provision of emergency housing.
Some homeless asylum seekers offered accommodation last night back in their tents
Department officials set to discuss age assessment process for unaccompanied minors, PAC hears
Gardaí probing alleged assault of girl in Kildare amid false online rumours of sexual crime
Albania votes to approve deal with Italy to hold asylum seekers
Person tried to get job at asylum seeker hostel to 'cause trouble and enact racial discrimination'
The individual was not hired after Dublin City Dorms carried out a background check.
A staff member at the centre raised security concerns with the International Protection Accommodation Services
Dublin City Dorms began operating as an accommodation centre in early 2023, having previously been a tourist hostel
The centre was among the buildings vandalised during the Dublin riots in November
Drogheda TD says O’Gorman made ‘arrogant decision’ in housing asylum seekers in local hotel
Questions raised over decision to house asylum seekers at major Drogheda hotel
Promised interpretation standards for asylum applications not being introduced by deadline
Poor interpretation undermines asylum seekers’ credibility and delays their cases, say lawyers.
Asylum-seeker support workers expected to act as interpreters without specialist training
Experts concerned that ‘cultural mediators’ being asked to provide “interpretation services” beyond their required skill set.
Cultural mediators were introduced to speed up the asylum application process
Advocates say the lack of clarity around role risks harming asylum seekers
UN body who trains them says mediators "not legally accountable" for applications
'Campaign of arson' on properties linked to asylum seekers is 'unprecedented', says Tánaiste
Better communication won't do anything to change mind of someone intent on committing arson - O'Gorman
How arson attacks on properties linked to asylum seekers have escalated over the last six years
The fire at a building in Co Wicklow at the weekend is the latest in a pattern of attacks.
Mary Lou McDonald: 'Government has not handled the immigration question well'
FactFind: What is a ‘safe country of origin’ and how many asylum seekers come from one?
'Need for substantial reform': TDs debate Government response to asylum seekers in Dáil
Government considers chartering flights to deport immigrants denied asylum
FG politicians given international protection info sheet as Varadkar appeals for help setting out facts
Social welfare cut for new arrivals from Ukraine in State accommodation to take effect in February
Asylum seekers endure sub-zero temperatures on Dublin streets without tents or sleeping bags
Martin says plans being prepared to ramp up State-owned accommodation to house asylum seekers
The Irish hotel: From the foundation of the GAA to a battleground in Ireland's refugee crisis
Govt 'failure' for towns sheltering refugees 'feeds anti-migrant narrative', say locals
Roscommon TD Claire Kerrane said promises to resource towns and villages receiving asylum seekers have regularly not received any follow through.
Donohoe 'confident' gardaí will bring cases forward over recent arson attacks around the country
Varadkar says arrests will be made over recent arson attacks around the country
There have been a number of arson attacks at properties earmarked for asylum seeker accommodation in recent months.
Local authorities can't have ‘a la carte’ relationship with Govt, Varadkar says after Mayo council vote
Debunked: Misleading claims shared in Roscrea amid protests at Racket Hall
Ten districts with the highest proportion of refugees to get special support package, says Taoiseach
Gardaí scuffle with protesters outside Tipperary hotel over plans to house family asylum seekers
Explainer: Does the Dublin Regulation outline where IP applicants must claim asylum?
Debunked: Planning files do not show that Ringsend building was to be used for asylum seekers
New arrivals 'not required' to remain in State accommodation
Carlow premises earmarked for 50 male asylum seekers to be used instead for families, Dept says
Multiple people treated for smoke inhalation after fire breaks out at accommodation in Donegal
Ballinrobe hotel 'initially ear-marked for adult males' will house 'families and children', Dept says
The Department of Integration confirmed that the hotel would be used to provide temporary shelter to International Protection applicants.
The disused hotel has been the site of an ongoing protest since Friday night after councillors were informed last Thursday about plans for the site.
Local councillors have said there were concerns about a lack of consulation and the "denomination" of those planned to be housed there.
Last year
2023
Gardaí renew appeal for witnesses over fire at Galway hotel earmarked for asylum seekers
Interview: O'Gorman says blockades of asylum seeker accommodation should not be tolerated
The Integration Minister said he regretted government did not act faster to resource communication with local communities.
Minister says gardaí were told in advance that asylum seekers would be housed in Galway hotel