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# Roderic O'Gorman

Last week
19th May 2024 - 25th May 2024
Modular and prefab units to be used to house asylum seekers on Thornton Hall site
Israeli ambassador at Irish famine event sparks criticism as govt pledges to maintain 'pressure'
This month
May 2024
It's a 'criminal offence' to pitch tents on public land, govt says, after removing Grand Canal camp
Last month
April 2024
Garda rep says 'no clear guidance' on dealing with incidents like protest at O'Gorman's home
Harris expects details on locations of promised asylum reception centres 'in the coming weeks'
Gathering of 'masked people' outside minister's home 'chilling and disturbing', says Taoiseach
Government to offer temporary shelter to asylum seekers sleeping rough during Storm Kathleen
March
March 2024
The Government unveiled two big plans around asylum seekers today - here's what they are
It involves empty office spaces and a new EU Pact.
Asylum seekers brought to court over lack of ID sparks claims of 'interference' in process
'A slap in the face': Mother and baby home survivors told they need photo ID to apply for redress
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said applicants who don’t have photo ID will be “treated empathetically and on a case-by-case basis”.
The Government's long-awaited redress scheme finally opens for applications today
Many elderly survivors do not have a passport, driving licence or Public Service Card
One man was told his mother cannot apply without photo ID, but he could apply on her behalf if she died
Varadkar says O'Gorman doesn't need to resign over referendum result
Minister 'frustrated' at AG advice leak but says it backed Govt position on immigration and care
O'Gorman says he is 'extremely disappointed' by anticipated No/No referendums outcome
Attorney General's advice to minister leaked ahead of referendums
Ministers met with Grace case inquiry to voice unhappiness with the pace of work and delays
Former minister says he is ‘horrified’ with the continuous delays of the inquiry.
The Grace case concerns a young woman with profound intellectual disabilities who was left in a foster home in the Waterford area for almost 20 years despite a succession of sexual and physical abuse allegations.
The latest six month extension means the final report will not be complete until September 2024, over five years beyond its original deadline.
Minister starts Women's Day address to empty Dáil in moment widely shared on social media
Labour leader Ivana Bacik said she was ‘disappointed’ to see so few representatives in the Chamber.
Government grants yet another extension to Grace case inquiry
Irish Refugee Council criticises decision to end emergency accommodation offered during cold spell
Referendum Q&A: What will you be asked to vote on? And what exactly is a durable relationship?
People will next week be asked to vote on amending sections of the Constitution related to the family and the provision of care.
The votes, dubbed the Family Amendment and the Care Amendment, will take place next Friday
The Constitution currently only recognises families based on marriage and refers to a woman's place 'in the home'
Not up to speed on what the referendums are about? We've got you covered
February
February 2024
St John of God reaches an agreement with the HSE over provision of services
Controversial Mother and Baby Home redress scheme will open for applications next month
Drogheda TD says O’Gorman made ‘arrogant decision’ in housing asylum seekers in local hotel
'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
January
January 2024
Government report recommends right to paid leave for pregnancy loss under 24 weeks
Up to €10m extra 'social inclusion' funding signed off on for areas taking in asylum seekers
Social welfare cut for new arrivals from Ukraine in State accommodation to take effect in February
'Durable' relationships, 'throuples' and care in the home discussed in referendums Dáil debate
Referendums: Flac suggests changing 'durable relationships' wording, warns about misinformation
The Free Legal Advice Centre says the proposed changes, as currently worded, are “symbolic” and “will not deliver meaningful enforceable rights”.
Roscrea could get 'community-owned' hotel as Taoiseach comes under pressure from his party
Last year
2023
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.
Boosting staff numbers in community teams for children with disabilities 'top priority', says minister
Minister says gardaí were told in advance that asylum seekers would be housed in Galway hotel
Taoiseach and ministers 'deeply disturbed' by fire at Galway hotel earmarked for asylum seekers
“There is no justification for violence, arson or vandalism in our Republic. Ever,” Leo Varadkar said.
The former Ross Lake Hotel had been contracted to welcome 70 international protection applicants
Recent days have seen the site become the subject of protests against its use as emergency accommodation
Roderic O'Gorman called on politicians to condemn "fear mongering" around asylum seekers
Garda operation ‘under review’ as 62 migrant children missing after disappearing from State care
Dáil adopts motion emphasising importance of inward migration, following immigration debate
Tents to be offered to asylum seekers with no accommodation as Govt confirms €75 weekly payment
Minister for Integration says current system is 'not working' and was built for a different era
Ministers to discuss a €75 payment to asylum applicants after accommodation runs out
Living expenses for asylum applicants to be increased if state runs out of accommodation