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Friday 3 February 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Refugees

# accommodation crisis
McGrath: 'Plea for large buildings to house refugees reflects the strain the system is under'
Integration Minister Roderic O’Gorman has made an urgent plea to his colleagues for accommodation assistance.
Yesterday
2nd February 2023
# demostrations
Varadkar on protests against refugees: 'We should know better. It's not the Irish way'
The Taoiseach said refugees genuinely fleeing war and oppression are welcome here.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How does Ireland's immigration system work?
Listen in to hear Nick Henderson of the Irish Refugee Council explain.
# Emergency Accommodation
Govt facing 'pinch-point' on asylum seeker accommodation
Tánaiste Micheál Martin said that modular housing would come on stream in the coming weeks.
This week
29th January 2023 - 3rd February 2023
# accommodation crisis
Ministers sign off on new €10m International Protection Fund to support community needs
The minister emphasised the need for urgent access to large-scale temporary facilities.
# Ashtown
'Only a matter of time before someone is killed': Hundreds attend anti-racism event in Ashtown
Ruth Coppinger helped organise an anti-racist demonstration in Ashtown in Dublin yesterday evening.
# Asylum Seekers
Residents in Lismore protest against use of town's refurbished hotel for direct provision
Over 200 people reportedly gathered yesterday for a demonstration in the west Waterford town, arguing that the building had been earmarked for tourism.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
THE MORNING LEAD
UN refugee agency says it is 'completely unpalatable' that asylum seekers are homeless in Ireland
A report by
Stephen McDermott
The head of Ireland’s UNHCR office says the State can learn to accommodate current levels of asylum seekers.
# accommodation crisis
Asylum seekers sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin: 'I don't know what's next'
55 asylum seekers have been left without anywhere to stay in recent days.
# Citywest
55 asylum seekers left without accommodation since Citywest closure
The International Protection Accommodation Service will continue to provide accommodation for families with children.
# Lebanon
Govt doing all it can to accommodate refugees but numbers are unprecedented, says Martin
Tánaiste says the conflict in Ukraine is different to what is happening elsewhere in the world.
# Homelessness
New asylum accommodation might not be ready for five weeks, as charities prepare for influx
The news comes amid reports of people being forced into sleeping on the streets upon entering Ireland.
# Citywest
Citywest closes to new International Protection arrivals, but facility remains open for processing
The International Protection Accommodation Service will continue to provide accommodation for IP families with children.
Last month
January 2023
# Refugees
Pro-refugee demonstrations take place across Dublin
The demonstrations come after months of protests against refugees and migrants.
# Dublin
Calls for industrial buildings to be 'utilised' in response to impending Citywest closure
An advisor to the Irish Red Cross said industrial buildings should be utilised until ‘something more sustainable appears’.
Voices
Lynn Ruane: In all my years of community work I've never met the ones 'fighting for Ireland'
The independent senator takes the narrative of the Far Right to task and asks them just how much they truly care for communities in Ireland.
# Ukraine
CityWest refugee centre to close to new arrivals 'in a matter of days', says O'Gorman
The UN’s refugee agency warned that ‘urgent intervention’ is needed to prevent large numbers of people becoming homeless here.
# Home Secretary
Charity refuses to delete clip of Holocaust survivor confronting UK politician
UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who referred to migrants as ‘an invasion’, was accused of Nazi-like rhetoric by the activist.
# Drimnagh
Drimnagh is latest Dublin community to form group to 'support inclusion' after protests
Drimnagh For All is aiming to push back against misinformation and to hold events in the area for locals.
# vincent jackson
Refugee accommodation protestors 'roar obscenities' outside house of Ballyfermot councillor
Independent councillor Vincent Jackson said he returned to his home yesterday evening to find his ‘daughter roaring and crying’.
# sean binder
All misdemeanour charges against Irishman Seán Binder in Greece dropped
Indictments were thrown out this morning following a recommendation from the prosecutor.
All misdemeanour charges against Irishman Seán Binder have been thrown out by a Greek court following a recommendation from the prosecutor.
However he still faces felony investigation for charges that carry prison sentences of up to 25 years.
# Explainer
Explainer: Why have Greece brought a case against Seán Binder and 23 other volunteers?
The case is before the Greek courts this week.
The case is before the Greek courts on the island of Lesbos this week.
The 24 co-accused could face lengthy jail terms if they are found guilty of charges including espionage and criminal membership.
The trial comes after the country's conservative government has vowed to make Greece "less attractive" to migrants.
# Ukraine
Modular houses to come on stream as Cabinet briefed on refugee accommodation crisis
Many hotels currently under contract with the Department of Integration will revert to tourist trade in March and April.
# factcheck
Debunked: No evidence Ballaghaderreen doctors ‘only see Syrians and Ukrainians’ on Mondays
The National Party candidate who made the claim would not provide verifiable details
# Refugees
Gathering at Ballymun migrant shelter ‘was intimidation, not a protest’, Harris says
Videos emerged over the weekend of a crowd of people outside a building where families were living.
# Protests
'We must reclaim the streets from the far-right': Ballymun planning events to welcome refugees
Members of the far-right are “preying” on fears of some local people in Ballymun, a People Before Profit activist has said.
# sean binder
Greek judge to rule on Friday whether to drop charges against Irish man accused of people smuggling
Seán Binder was arrested on the island of Lesbos in 2018.
# Accommodation
150 Ukrainian refugees to be housed in Croke Park until next week
The women and children will be sleeping on camp beds and in sleeping bags in the stadium’s corporate boxes.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, refugees are not still being housed at a school in Drimnagh
A number of social media posts incorrectly claimed that pupils may not be able to return to the school today, prompting protests.
Last year
2022
# Refugees
UN agency probes origin of Rohingya who landed in Indonesia after ‘weeks at sea’
The men, women and children disembarked from a rickety wooden boat yesterday at dusk.
# ukrainian refugees
50 Ukrainians in Dundalk given 48 hours' notice of transfer across the country
The group of around 50 people are being moved to various locations, including Kerry and Limerick.
# knockalisheen
Almost 100 refugees remain in tents in Co Clare during cold weather
Local Fianna Fáil politician Cathal Crowe said it was “inhumane” to allow people to live in tents during the winter.
Voices
Opinion: The poor state of public services in Ireland is not the fault of refugees
Fellipe Lopes is a filmmaker and activist who works with the Immigrant Council of Ireland – he says we must work together to help all refugees.
# factcheck
Debunked: Asylum seekers, not economic migrants, are being housed at the East Wall building
Multiple false claims were levied against asylum seekers and Ukrainian refugees
# factcheck
Debunked: There isn't a secret UN army in Louth; the refugees in Carlingford are from Ukraine
Activists tried to film inside refugee accommodation
# East Wall
East Wall: Donohoe says residents raised 'important and sensitive' matters relating to housing of refugees
Protests have taken place in East Wall this week.
# Refugees
72,000 Ukrainian refugees expected in Ireland by the end of the year
The Government has appealed to members of the public who own unoccupied properties to make them available to house those fleeing the war.
Voices
Lynn Ruane: Some refugees are vilified for being from certain places or because they are men
Whether it is sinister actors or simply those with misplaced fears, many now seem comfortable asserting a hierarchy of who is worthy of protection, Senator Lynn Ruane writes.
# ukrainians
People urged to make unoccupied properties available to Ukrainians in new appeal
There is currently over 5,500 Ukrainians being hosted by people in Ireland.
# East Wall
Further protests in Dublin's East Wall over asylum seeker accommodation
Hundreds of people gathered to protest at the housing of refugees at the old ESB building this evening.