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JRS Director appointed to Government group

Eugene Quinn, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland, has been named as one of the people to serve on a Government-appointed working group to examine improvements to the Protection Process and Direct Provision system for asylum-seekers and refugees. The names were announced Tue 14 Oct by Justice Minister Francis Fitzgerald and Minister of State Aodhán Ó Riordáin. The Working group ...

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Languishing in limbo

The Jesuit Refugee Service welcomes the Government’s decision to establish a working group to review the operation of the “direct provision” system, by which asylum-seekers and their children spend years living in an institutional setting that was designed to be a short-term solution. Eugene Quinn, JRS Ireland National Director, commented: “While a review of direct provision conditions is important, its ...

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Denied their right to childhood

The Jesuit Refugee Service in Ireland has one again called on the government to show leadership “by doubling its existing commitment and offering refuge in Ireland to a minimum of 300 Syrian refugees in 2014.” National Director, Mr. Eugene Quinn, said that children displaced in Iraq and Syria will not be focussing on the World Cup in Brazil but on ...

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JRS receives funding for African schools

The Jesuit Refugee Service is to receive nearly €250,000 from the Irish Ministry for Overseas Development, it was announced recently. The Minister of State, Peter Power, recently made the funding available for the building of schools for children displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR). Read the JRS press release below. Last year the CAR was placed on ...

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Latest word from DR Congo

The plight of displaced people in the Democratic Republic of Congo is still critical, according to Gerry Clarke SJ. Gerry works with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Goma, a city on the border between DRC and Rwanda in the east of the country. The ordinary civilians have been repeatedly terrorised by rebel militias who operate along the DRC-Rwanda border, leading to ...

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JRS seminar on asylum procedure

Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland hosted an internal seminar in Milltown Park on 17 June. Senior policymakers from the Department of Justice –  Mr. Joe Keaney of the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner, Ms. Rhea Bohan of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services, and Ms. Maria Cassidy – gave presentations on the current asylum procedure and changes in the process for ...

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Learning from refugees

Six Transition Year students from Gonzaga visited the JRS Ireland office on 28 May, as part of a two-day visitation programme to Jesuit works. Elizabeth O’Rourke provided an overview of JRS Ireland’s activities in the cause of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. Eight asylum seekers (from Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Cameroon) met the boys to talk about their homeland, their ...

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Students become teachers

A very successful project which had Transition Year students in Clongowes teaching English to asylum seekers concluded on 19 May with a Fun Day. The project was a joint-initiative of Clongowes and JRS Ireland, and entailed the students providing one-to-one tuition to the asylum seekers residing in the Eyre Powell Hostel in Newbridge. The Fun Day involved a barbecue, face-painting, ...

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Yoga for refugees

The JRS Ireland Capacity Building Programme has just finished a five-week yoga course at Hatch Hall direct provision centre. The classes were given by Peter Duffy, yoga instructor, on Wednesday mornings and were attended by between four and ten adults. A creche was also provided for parents with young children who wanted to attend the course. As Elizabeth O’Rourke, Integration ...

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Hunting for Easter eggs

160 Easter eggs were donated to Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland in response to their appeal. This enabled them to send Easter eggs out to children living in three direct provision centres in the Dublin area. They were also able to use the remaining eggs for the Annual JRS Ireland Easter Egg Hunt. It took place in Mountjoy Square Park on ...

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