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#Asylum Seekers

From TheJournal.ie 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.

From TheJournal.ie 'They operate in a vacuum': Migrant rights group hits out at lack of inspections for hotels housing asylum seekers Direct Provision

'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.

From TheJournal.ie Video of crowded Direct Provision room not staged, says asylum seeker group Masi

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.

From TheJournal.ie Student living in Direct Provision says jail would be 'better than being here' Waterford

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.

From TheJournal.ie 'Nothing special being asked of Oughterard' in accommodating asylum seekers, said top Justice official Asylum Seekers

'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.

From TheJournal.ie 'I expect more from you': Letters of complaint sent to the Taoiseach called on him to drop Verona Murphy By-election Controversy

'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.

From TheJournal.ie Protesters barred from interfering in accommodation being fitted out for asylum seekers in Leitrim High Court

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

Mr Justice Max Barrett granted the permanent injunction today.

From TheJournal.ie 'Treated like cattle': Justice Committee chair says 'profiteering' use of hotels for asylum seekers should end Direct Provision

'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.

From TheJournal.ie Direct Provision should be 'replaced' or 'fundamentally reformed', Justice Committee concludes Asylum Seekers

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Asylum seekers to move into Leitrim apartments after 'constructive' meeting between Minister and locals Ballinamore

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.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'We will soon see asylum seekers living in sports halls and tents if we don't do something' Asylum Seekers

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.

From TheJournal.ie FG candidate Verona Murphy apologises for saying some asylum seekers need to be 'deprogrammed' Direct Provision

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Up to 4.8m unauthorised migrants lived in Europe in 2017 - that's less than 1% of the population Asylum Seekers

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.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says asylum seekers should be allowed to get licences for driving Travel To Work

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.

From TheJournal.ie Minister has 'constructive' meeting with locals about Direct Provision centre in Ballinamore Asylum Seekers

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.

From TheJournal.ie 'A Lightning Rod': Anti-immigrant rhetoric, Ireland's Direct Provision system and Carrickmacross Co Monaghan

'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.

From TheJournal.ie Police investigating deaths of 39 Essex lorry victims seeking to track brothers from Armagh Essex

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.

From TheJournal.ie State paying hotels and guesthouses €462,000 per week to accommodate asylum seekers Emergency Accommodation

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.

From TheJournal.ie Upgrade works due to be completed at Direct Provision centre in July still haven't started Clondalkin Towers

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.

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

'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.

From TheJournal.ie Protest in Oughterard over Direct Provision centre concerns Galway

Protest in Oughterard over Direct Provision centre concerns

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

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach calls on Galway TD to withdraw remarks made at direct provision centre public meeting Noel Grealish

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”.

From TheJournal.ie Justice Minister Flanagan 'very disappointed' over comments made at Galway direct provision centre meeting Oughterard

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.

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

'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.

From TheJournal.ie Government to spend €65 million on new Direct Provision centres in four counties Direct Provision

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.

From TheJournal.ie Emergency accommodation for asylum seekers costs three times more than Direct Provision centres Asylum Seekers

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.

From TheJournal.ie Asylum seekers forced to wash clothes in sinks at Dublin hotel Direct Provision

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.

From TheJournal.ie 'A gross violation': Asylum seekers say post is being opened without consent Direct Provision

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Three men who made their way to Ireland hidden on indie band's truck claim asylum Sudanese Nationals

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.

From TheJournal.ie Fresh concerns over Direct Provision after incident involving children at Cork centre Gardaí

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.

From TheJournal.ie Call for Ireland to accept Brexit-delayed asylum applications that would otherwise be transferred to UK Legal Limbo

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.

From TheJournal.ie NGOs asked by justice department to help asylum seekers in emergency accommodation 'as soon as possible' Direct Provision

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.

From TheJournal.ie 'Difficulty accessing services': Complaints from asylum seekers living in hotels raised with Ombudsman Direct Provision

'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.

From TheJournal.ie 'Horrifying image' of drowned father and daughter crossing Rio Grande increases spotlight on US immigration Asylum Seekers

'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.

From TheJournal.ie 200 people to be moved as Dublin city Direct Provision centre closes down Hatch Hall

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.

From TheJournal.ie 'Deeply concerned': Calls for vulnerability assessments for asylum seekers Direct Provision

'Deeply concerned': Calls for vulnerability assessments for asylum seekers

These assessments are legally required.

From TheJournal.ie Department of Justice sounded warning over plans to almost double allowance for asylum seekers living in direct provision Noteworthy

Department of Justice sounded warning over plans to almost double allowance for asylum seekers living in direct provision

Officials said changes to allow residents of asylum centres to work had created “most generous” system in EU.

From TheJournal.ie Question: Should Ireland increase the number of asylum seekers and refugees it takes in annually? European Elections 2019

Question: Should Ireland increase the number of asylum seekers and refugees it takes in annually?

There were mixed answers from candidates on whether Ireland should accept more refugees or not.

From TheJournal.ie Courtown community 'not consulted' over decision to move Direct Provision residents to local hotel Wexford

Courtown community 'not consulted' over decision to move Direct Provision residents to local hotel

Locals have claimed a hotel in the town will be used as a permanent centre for four years.

From TheJournal.ie Concerns raised about fire safety issues at hotel earmarked to house asylum seekers before arson attacks Rooskey

Concerns raised about fire safety issues at hotel earmarked to house asylum seekers before arson attacks

Plans to open a Direct Provision centre in Rooskey were scrapped based on legal advice.

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