Direct Provision

Nasc is a founder member of the NGO Forum on Direct Provision, a network of organisations committed to campaigning for changes to protect the health and welfare of asylum-seekers housed in residential institutions here.

Direct Provision allowance increase ‘a good start’, says Nasc CEO Fiona Finn

Nasc welcomes the announcement from Taoiseach-elect Leo Varadkar that he will be increasing the Direct Provision Allowance for adults and children. This is the first such increase for adults since the Direct Provision system was established in 2000. The children’s allowance was increased by €6 in... Read more

Unanimous Supreme Court decision on right to work for asylum seekers a “landmark ruling”, says Nasc CEO Fiona Finn

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the ban on the right to work for asylum seekers in the 1996 Refugee Act, which was transposed into the International Protection Act, 2015, constitutes an ‘absolute prohibition’ on employment which is unconstitutional. The judgement is available online... Read more

Nasc seeks additional information on progress of implementing McMahon Report

Nasc has thoroughly examined the most recent Progress Report on the implementation of the Report of the Working Group on the Protection Process and Direct Provision (the ‘McMahon Report‘). The 2nd Progress Report was published in February 2017 by the Department of Justice, and Nasc are in... Read more

New Complaints Procedure Available for Asylum Seekers via the Ombudsman

As of 4th April 2017, asylum seekers living in Direct Provision can now take a complaint to the Ombudsman or the Ombudsman for Children. Nasc has fought for many years for a more fair, objective and independent complaints procedure and the clarification of the Ombudsman’s remit over direct provision.... Read more

20 Day Deadline on Questionnaires from International Protection Office

We are aware that asylum seekers are understandably concerned at the 20 day deadline on the questionnaires issued by the International Protection Office. We strongly urge all those receiving questionnaires to seek legal advice from the Legal Aid Board or their private solicitor. The International Protection... Read more

Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser – All Welcome

Nasc Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser Nasc are hosting our Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser on Friday 9th December at 6.30pm. It will be taking place in the Everyman Theatre Bar on McCurtain Street and will be hosted by wine columnist Leslie Williams from The Irish Examiner. Tickets are €19.10 and are... Read more

Request for bike and laptop donations

Seeking bike and laptop donations! A few weeks ago, we put up a post on our social media looking for the donation of a bike to one of the young asylum seekers we are supporting in accessing higher education. A huge thank you to Karen for donating a bike with all the essential equipment so one young person... Read more

Direct Provision Questionnaire

Direct Provision Questionnaire In June 2016, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald stated that the Government had implemented 91 of the 173 recommendations of the Working Group on the Protection Process and Direct Provision (the ‘McMahon Report’), and has committed to implementing the remainder... Read more

‘Pilot Support Scheme’ for asylum seekers

With the leaving certificate results just out, we are seeing an increase in questions about access to third level education for asylum seekers. The Department of Education has set up a ‘Pilot Support Scheme’ for asylum seekers who are living in direct provision, who have been in the Irish... Read more

Commitment to implement the recommendations of the McMahon Report welcomed by Working Group organisations

Organisations who took part in the Working Group on the Protection Process, including Direct Provision, have welcomed renewed commitments by the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Minister David Stanton to work closely with key stakeholders on the implementation of the McMahon Report which was published... Read more

Migration and Protection must be priorities for new Government

“Given the current humanitarian crisis, migration and protection must be priority issues for the new Programme for Government,” states Nasc CEO Fiona Finn. “After the debate in the Dáil last week about the refugee crisis in Europe, it is clear that the majority of TDs support Ireland... Read more

PQ: Direct Provision System

51. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to respond to the implementation of the report of the working group on the protection process report this week which found that most recommendations have not been implemented ten months on; and if she will make a statement on the matter. Minister... Read more

PQ: Direct Provision System (Food Suppliers)

322. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the companies which provide food in the direct provision centres. Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): It is important to note that there are 35 accommodation centres contracted by my Department for the accommodation... Read more

PQ: Direct Provision System (Cooking facilities)

321. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to change the practice in direct provision which precludes asylum seekers from accessing kitchen facilities and cooking their own food. Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy is no doubt referencing... Read more

PQ: Asylum Applications

234. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the provisions of the new International Protection Act 2015 will apply to all asylum seekers and refugees seeking asylum here many who have been here for a number or years in direct provision, or will it only apply to new applicants;... Read more

Open Letter to Minister Dara Murphy on EU-Turkey Deal

OPEN LETTER TO MINISTER WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR EUROPEAN AFFAIRS DARA MURPHY Dear Minister Murphy, I am writing to you to express our severe concerns regarding the proposed EU-Turkey deal to be discussed at the European Council over the next few days. As a human rights organisation based in Cork,... Read more

Information on Residency Scheme for Long-Stayer Asylum Seekers (5+ years)

Over the past few months Nasc has gotten a huge number of queries from long-stayers in direct provision seeking support in accessing residence. If you are contacting Nasc about your case, please have the following information available: Name: Address: Phone Number: Legacy Ref.: 69/ Person ID: Nationality: When... Read more

PQ: Direct Provision System (Documentation of Identification)

186. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she is aware that asylum seekers living in Direct Provision in Richmond Court in County Longford, are unable to open bank accounts, because they are asked to provide utility bills, that they live in a building that is poorly heated... Read more

PQ: Asylum Seeker Accommodation

294. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the Reception and Integration Agency has identified the proposed reception centres in County Dublin for incoming refugees whom Ireland has agreed to accept under the European Union relocation plan; if she will identify the locations... Read more

PQ: Direct Provision Data

120. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the full-year cost in 2016, based on the projected number of persons accessing direct provision, of increasing the weekly adult rate from €19.10 to €23.00, €24.00, €25.00, €27.00, €28.00, €30.00, €32.00,... Read more