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Jennifer DeWan, Campaigns and Communications Manager


Phone: (021) 427 3594 or (086) 085 3923


Recent Press Releases:

Joint Statement: ‘Regional Support Organisations’ welcome official launch of Community Sponsorship (March 2019)

Nasc strongly condemns suspected arson attack at proposed direct provision centre in Rooskey (January 2019)

Joint press release: Polling shows importance of integration measures (December 2018)

Nasc warmly welcomes announcement of right to work (June 2018)

Syrian refugee family welcomed to Wicklow with open arms in pilot community sponsorship project (June 2018)

Migrant students to receive major QQI awards in ceremony in Lord Mayor’s Council Chambers (May 2018)

Nasc welcomes announcement of humanitarian admission programme for families fleeing conflict (May 2018)

Joint public statement from migrants rights groups ahead of referendum on the 8th amendment (April 2018)

Nasc & UCC CCJHR host conference on direct provision alternatives (April 2018)

Prison is no place for migrants and asylum seekers, states Nasc in ground-breaking new report (March 2018)

Joint Press Release: New report links family separation to anxiety and depression in refugees in Ireland (March 2018)

Nasc publish ‘Working Paper’ on Government’s progress on McMahon Report (December 2017)

Nasc welcomes announcement from Minister on right to work for asylum seekers (November 2017)

Nasc awaiting announcement on right to work for asylum seekers (November 2017)

Nasc welcomes the introduction of a humanitarian admission programme for refugee families (November 2017)

Nasc awaits announcement from Minister for Justice on family reunification scheme (November 2017)

Nasc to host event to promote migrant participation in Midleton (October 2017)

Nasc welcomes important debate on Safe Passage in Dail tonight (September 2017)

Nasc welcomes commitment from Minister Stanton that ‘no one will be made homeless‘ (September 2017)

Nasc condemns proposed eviction of asylum seekers from direct provision (September 2017)

Nasc host week of events to raise awareness of plight of refugees (June 2017)

Direct provision allowance increase a ‘good start’ (June 2017)

Unanimous Supreme Court decision on right to work for asylum seekers a ‘landmark ruling’ (May 2017)

Nasc host Cork Participate! stall at Africa Day Cork 2017 (May 2017)

Nasc host Roma event to mark International Day of Roma (April 2017)

Nasc concerned at high rate of visa refusals from Muslim countries (February 2017)

Joint Statement: Permitting pre-clearance to operate in Ireland may violate human rights (January 2017)


Nasc in the Media:

Syrian Kurdish family appeals for daughter to be accepted into Ireland (Irish Times, April 2019)

Emergency accommodation: Over 500 asylum seekers now living in hotels and B&Bs across Ireland (The, March 2019) 

Government ‘backing down in face of racists’ (Irish Examiner, March 2019)

‘After the second attack he became anti-social, children in Direct Provision are targeted’ (The, March 2019) 

Having to cross the border or stay overnight: concerns raised about location of rural direct provision centres (The, March 2019) 

There had been enormous worry’: Direct provision centre to remain open – and 3 news ones get green light (The, March 2019)

100 asylum seekers have been relocated from a Monaghan hotel (Northern Sound, March 2019)

Direct Provision: Nearly 100 people relocated to Meath from Monaghan hotel (The, March 2019)

Hiding the fact they’re gay and being harassed by other residents: People talk about life in direct provision (The, March 2019)

‘You saved our lives’ – Syrian family resettled under community-led programme (RTE News, March 2019)

Government calls for Irish communities to sponsor refugee families (Irish Times, March 2019)

Calls for direct provision model for asylum seekers to be radically overhauled (RedFM, February 2019)

Ignored at viewings because they’re black or Asian’: Dozens of asylum seekers face homelessness (, February 2019)

Private company paid €1.6 million in 4 months to find emergency accommodation for asylum seekers (, February 2019)

Editorial: ‘Consultation key on asylum issues’ (Irish Independent, January 2019)

‘This should be treated as a hate crime’: concern expressed after fire at hotel earmarked as direct provision centre (The, January 2019)

Gardai to investigate suspected arson attack at proposed direct provision centre (Irish Legal News, January 2019)

Appeal for witnesses after fire at hotel earmarked to house asylum seekers (Northern Sound, January 2019)

Interview with Fiona Finn on Rooskey fire (Newstalk, January 2019)

Living in Direct Provision: ‘You begin to see yourself as someone who is not accepted by society’ (Irish Examiner, January 2019)

West Cork welcome for residents of Clonakilty Lodge direct provision centre (Irish Examiner, December 2018)

Pledge to take in refugees ‘has been a failure’ (The Times, December 2018)

Love/Hate creator Stuart Carolan takes down the racists trolling RTE drama Taken Down (The Times, November 2018)

‘Immigrants are well educated and just as likely to have jobs’ (The Times, November 2018)

Interview on Sean Moncrieff with Fiona Finn on direct provision (Newstalk, November 2018)

Interview with Jennifer DeWan on asylum system and direct provision (Shannonside FM, October 2018)

Joint Letter: Lack of affordable housing is key issue (Irish Times, August 2018)

Cooking facilities and separate family bedrooms among Direct Provision recommendations (, August 2018)

Asylum seekers ‘being frozen out by employers and banks’ (The Times, July 2018)

In direct provision, it can be hard to invite a friend over for a cup of tea (Dublin Inquirer, July 2018)

Asylum seeker cost of living charge ‘is not based in reality’ (The Times, July 2018)

Asylum Work Permits (RTE Drivetime, June 2018)

Refugee groups give mixed response to work scheme for asylum seekers (Irish Times, June 2018)

From Syria to Wicklow: A desperate family, an Irish welcome (Irish Times, June 2018)

Has Trump gone too far this time? (RadioKerry, June 2018)

Call for overhaul of inspections of asylum centres (Shannonside FM, June 2018)

Interview with Fiona Finn on asylum process & direct provision [starting at 1:17] (RTE Drivetime, May 2018)

Why is Ireland still placing people detained for immigration related purposes in prisons? (Open Democracy, April 2018)

Call to deal with asylum system ‘big ticket items’ (Irish Examiner, April 2018)

Lack of housing sees 470 refugees stuck in centres (Irish Examiner, April 2018)

Lack of resources causes asylum delays, conference told (RTE News, April 2018)

Asylum seekers waiting up to two years for decision, says UN (Irish Times, April 2018)

Contract awarded for new immigration unit with detention cells at Dublin Airport (The, April 2018)

The Roma community in Cork (RTE Today with Sean O’Rourke, April 2018)

Migrants’ detention in breach of human rights (Irish Examiner, March 2018)

Interview with Fiona Finn on immigration detention (RTE Drivetime, March 2018)

Interview with Fiona Finn on immigration detention (RedFM, March 2018)

Report issues ‘clarion call’ for immigration detention to be brought in line with human rights (Irish Legal News, March 2018)

People refused entry to Ireland denied human rights, report says (Irish Times, March 2018)

‘I’m very frightened’: stories from people who were denied entry at Ireland’s border (The, March 2018)

Refugees separated from family suffer ‘depression and loneliness’ (Irish Times, March 2018)

Nasc launches right to work info events (Cork Independent, February 2018)

NGOs criticise ‘culture of secrecy’ over immigration enforcement figures (Irish Legal News, February 2018)

A nation of welcomes? New figures challenge Republic of Ireland’s record on asylum and immigration (The Detail, February 2018)

Republic of Ireland’s record of granting asylum below average (The Detail, February 2018)

New figures prompt calls for greater transparency on immigration enforcement in the Republic of Ireland (The Detail, February 2018)

Khaled’s Story: ‘Direct Provision is like living in a jail’ (Irish Times, February 2018)

More than 28,000 non-EU citizens refused entry since 2008 (Irish Times, February 2018)

Job options for asylum seekers under new scheme ‘exceptionally limited’ (Irish Times, January 2018)

Asylum seekers working (RTE Drivetime, January 2018)

Families granted asylum by Irish government also feeling housing crisis (The Detail, December 2017)

‘Only half’ proposals for improving asylum system in place (Irish Times, December 2017)

Interview with Nasc CEO Fiona Finn on Opinion Line (96FM, December 2017)

Interview with Nasc CEO Fiona Finn on implementing McMahon Report [at 6:20 PM] (RTE Drivetime, December 2017)

Interview on new accommodation centre opening in Killarney (Radio Kerry, December 2017)

Some migrants left in limbo in Ireland over struggle to prove their identity (, December 2017)

Fears people are being forced to beg on the streets of Cork (Evening Echo, December 2017)

Respecting the dignity of asylum seekers – Ireland’s right to work dilemma (Public Affairs Ireland, November 2017)

Refugees losing out on proper medical treatment, say officials (Irish Times, November 2017)

Shelving refugee programme considered due to housing crisis (Irish Times, November 2017)

Early Christmas present for refugee families (Cork Evening Echo, November 2017)

Vulnerable people are being trafficked into Cork and forced to beg (Cork Evening Echo, November 2017)

Ireland to opt in to EU Directive providing for asylum seekers’ access to workforce (Irish Legal News, November 2017)

Announcement on asylum seekers’ right to work due today (Irish Legal News, November 2017)

Government criticised for ‘disingenuously’ linking new refugee scheme to Seanad bill (Irish Legal News, November 2017)

Up to 530 refugee family members to be welcomed under new scheme (Irish Times, November 2017)

530 refugees to be reunited with family members who are already living in Ireland (, November 2017)

Nasc’s Fiona Finn on Drivetime on FRHAP [at 1:25] (RTE Radio, November 2017)

Nasc disappointed that family reunification programme does not include non-refugee families (RedFM, November 2017)

Government defeated in Seanad on Private Member’s Bill (Irish Times, November 2017)

Wicklow Syria Appeal plans public meeting (Wicklow People, November 2017)

Wicklow Syria Appeal holding meeting to discuss how to respond to refugee crisis (Wicklow News, November 2017)

Immigrant body demands overhaul of local direct provision centres (Shannonside FM, October 2017)

Special on complaints at direct provision centres (Shannonside FM, October 2017)

Midleton hosting Participate information event for migrants in East Cork this Saturday (East Cork Journal, October 2017)

Why Direct Provision must end (Hot Press, September 2017)

From camps of Lebanon to overcrowded Limerick council homes (Limerick Leader, September 2017)

Human rights groups welcome Iris community sponsorship programme (Irish Legal News, September 2017)

Nasc welcomes assurance that asylum seekers won’t be made homeless (Irish Legal News, September 2017)

Department denies issuing eviction letters to asylum seekers (Irish Times, September 2017)

Asylum seekers ordered to leave (Cork Independent, September 2017)

Asylum seekers facing deportation given month to leave hostels (Irish Times, September 2017)

An inhumane action’: eviction orders issued to asylum seekers in direct provision (, September 2017)

Fiona Finn on eviction in direct provision (RTE Drivetime, September 2017)

Department of Justice blasted over ‘inhumane’ eviction letters sent to asylum seekers (Irish Legal News, September 2017)

‘It’s like being a caged animal, we have no freedom’ (Irish Independent, September 2017)

From paralympians to mature students – Leaving Cert students come from all walks of life (, August 2017)

Jennifer DeWan on direct provision (RTE 6.1 News, July 2017)

Family reunification bill to go before Seanad today (Irish Legal News, July 2017)

Law change will make it easier for refugee families to reunite in Ireland (, July 2017)

Civil Engagement Group: ‘Extend family reunification laws’ (Irish Examiner, July 2017)

Children must play ‘central role in State’s refugee policy (Irish Times, June 2017)

Less than a third of promised 4,000 refugees settled here (Irish Times, June 2017)

Supreme Court ruling puts asylum law back in Oireachtas spotlight (Irish Legal News, May 2017)

Immigrant rights organisations say ruling is ‘unqualified good news’ (Irish Times, May 2017)

Direct Provision ruling (Drivetime, May 2017)

Pushing for safe passage in Ireland (OpenDemocracy, April 2017)

Naturalisation and recognition of Irish citizenship will improve Roma rights (The, April 2017)

‘Complete overhaul’ is needed for asylum system (Evening Echo, April 2017)

Concern at conflict zone visa refusals (Irish Examiner, March 2017)

Interview: High rates of visa refusals from Muslim countries (Wired FM, March 2017)

High numbers of Syrians and Iraqis refused family visas (Irish Times, February 2017)

Cork now hosts the most asylum seekers in the nation (Cork Evening Echo, February 2017)

Migrant fishermen claim continued abuse on Irish trawlers, says Senator  (Afloat, February 2017)

Irish trawlers accused of ‘alarming’ abuses of migrant workers (The Guardian, February 2017)

Fermoy students help to raise awareness of social justice (Evening Echo, January 2017)

Nasc Ireland – engaged for refugees and asylum seekers (Promosaik, January 2017)

City’s asylum seekers crying out for a voice (Irish Times, January 2017)


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