Immigration

The UN Migrant Workers Convention: How the EU Can Show that Migrants Matter

On the occasion of International Migrants Day, and the 24th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Migrant Workers Convention, we are delighted to welcome this guest post by Áine Travers and Emer Groarke, members of Migrants Matter, an international advocacy campaign that is calling on EU Member States to ratify the UN Migrant Workers(…)

Direct Provision in the Irish High Court: The Decision

Direct Provision in the Irish High Court: The Decision

This post summarises some of the main grounds of challenge to the direct provision system in the case and the findings of Mr Justice Colm Mac Eochaidh only. I hope to be able to do an analysis of this decision in the coming weeks. This is a longer post than usual, and for ease of(…)

Human Trafficking – Modern Slavery in Ireland

The 14th annual UCC Law Conference takes place on November 19th in the Aula Maxima at University College Cork. This is the only student-run professional law conference in Ireland and it is sponsored by William Fry. This year’s theme is “Human Trafficking – Modern Slavery in Ireland” and the speakers include: – Colm O’Dwyer BL(…)

Direct Provision Still Under the Spotlight

Direct Provision Still Under the Spotlight

On Friday, 14th November 2014, the High Court will deliver its decision on the challenge to the direct provision system in the case of  C.A and T.A. (a minor) v Minister for Justice and Equality, Minister for Social Protection, the Attorney General and Ireland (Record No.  2013/751/JR). For background on this case, see here and here. Whatever the(…)

A new Constitutional Settlement for Northern Ireland: Queries from International Law

This post was jointly written by regular contributor Aoife O’Donoghue and Ben Warwick. Ben is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD candidate at Durham Law School. His research centres on resource constraints and the implementation of economic and social rights.  The starting gun has been fired on constitutional debate in the UK. The prospect of Scottish independence, potentially increased(…)

“Let us Play”: Support Children in Direct Provision

“Let us Play”: Support Children in Direct Provision

The Children’s Rights Alliance are currently fundraising to fund football equipment, club registration fees and football gear for kids in the direct provision system. You can make a donation to this fundraising event here. The system of direct provision has been under sustained media and public scrutiny since Carl O’Brien’s  excellent Irish Times series, Lives in(…)

Time for Our Referendum

The following is the text of a letter written by a number of regular HRinI contributors and signed by over 100 academics, which was published in the Irish Times today (full list of signators only available online). Here we have added a number of additional signatures received after the letter went to press. Others who wish(…)

Direct Provision: The Beginning of the End?

Direct Provision: The Beginning of the End?

Over the last number of weeks, there have been potentially significant developments in relation to the system of direct provision for asylum seekers in Ireland. Last week, the High Court case challenging the system of direct provision concluded. A decision is expected over the next number of weeks (see here for background). Speaking on 24(…)

The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct Provision in Ireland

The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct Provision in Ireland

On 24 June 2014, I spoke at a seminar The Ethic’s of ‘Home': Direct Provision, Homelessness and Ireland’s Housing Policies.  This seminar, organised by Dr Ronni Greenwood, sought to explore conceptions and meanings of home, in the context of housing and homelessness. My paper, The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct Provision in Ireland sought to(…)

Expulsion from Direct Provision: The right to housing & basic subsistence for asylum seekers

Expulsion from Direct Provision: The right to housing & basic subsistence for asylum seekers

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post from Colin Lenihan. Colin is a trainee solicitor for KOD Lyons Solicitors a leading human rights & public interest law firm, who represent asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants.  During Ireland’s last examination by the United Nations Committee Against Torture, in May 2011 the then Secretary General of the Department(…)

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