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  • 20/07/2015   Minister Fitzgerald welcomes comprehensive package of measures on Mediterranean migration
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, announced today that the Government had agreed, subject to Oireachtas approval, that Ireland should participate in a European Union plan to relocate up to 40,000 persons in clear need of international protection from Italy and Greece to other Member States, as part of the EU response to the unprecedented migration crisis in the Mediterranean.
  • 16/07/2015   Minister of State Ó Ríordáin to chair Taskforce established by Government to assist with transition of persons from Direct Provision
    Arising from the discussions of the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy and Public Services Reform which was held earlier this week, it was decided to establish a Task Force to report back to Government on key aspects of the report on the Working Group on the Protection Process by 30th September next. The Task Force will be chaired by the Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality and Drug Strategy, Mr Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, TD.
  • 10/07/2015   Minister Fitzgerald discusses international terrorism, security and migration with EU Ministers
    Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., has met with Ministers from across Europe to discuss matters including the threat from international terrorism and the need for a unified EU response to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean. Discussing the recent attack on holidaymakers in Tunisia, the Minister expressed her deep sympathy to the families and friends of those who lost their lives, including the three Irish victims.
  • 30/06/2015   Government publishes Working Group report on Direct Provision and the Protection Process
    The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) was established in 2005 in order to provide a ‘one stop shop’ approach in relation to asylum, immigration, citizenship and visas. The INIS also facilitates a whole of government approach to immigration and asylum issues which enables a more efficient service to be provided in these areas.
  • 16/06/2015   Minister Fitzgerald in high-level EU discussions on migration and terrorism
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD today participated in high-level discussions with EU Justice and Interior Ministers in Luxembourg on the EU response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and the ongoing fight against terrorism. Ministers discussed a number of proposals by the EU Commission including resettlement and the emergency relocation of migrants arriving on European shores. The Ministerial discussion focussed heavily on the Commission proposal to relocate 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other EU Member States.
  • 26/05/2015   Ministers O’Sullivan and Fitzgerald announce Government approval of reforms to the student immigration system for international education
    The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, today announced that the Government has approved the implementation of a series of reforms to the student immigration system for international education, in response to concerning practices within certain parts of the sector and a number of English language college closures. The reforms are designed to drive real, lasting change in the sector and will tackle abuse of the immigration regime and labour market, improve the overall quality of offering to international students, and improve protection for learners, whilst safeguarding the strong international reputation of high-quality Irish education providers in line with the goals of Ireland’s International Education Strategy.
  • 13/05/2015   Ireland responds positively to EU call for Action on Migration - Fitzgerald
    Minister Fitzgerald announces plans to resettle additional 300 vulnerable people in response to European Commission proposals on Migration
  • 12/05/2015   Statement by the Department of Justice and Equality on reform of the English Language sector
    The recent closure of a number of private English language colleges has again highlighted the wholly unacceptable manner in which part of our international education industry has been operating. It is self-evident that for some of the businesses in this sector, the primary service on sale is the facilitation of immigration and educational courses are a means of delivering that. Many of the students and teachers unfortunately become innocent victims of these disreputable enterprises. Whilst there are many genuine language schools operating entirely legitimately, the efforts of these schools and of the State in promoting and regulating a valuable sector of the economy is being severely undermined by a small number of rogue operators. These operators have shown scant regard for immigration rules and no regard for the welfare of genuine students. The first concern for genuine students is to reassure them about their immigration status. All existing immigration permissions of students in recently closed colleges will be honoured in full and the students will be entitled to work in accordance with the rules for student migration. In remains the case that there are many good and reputable schools that can provide a quality course and some are offering special deals for those displaced in the closures.
  • 20/04/2015   Minister Fitzgerald attends EU emergency meeting on Mediterranean migrant crisis
    Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality, is today attending an emergency meeting of EU Interior and Foreign Affairs Ministers in Luxembourg, convened following the most recent tragic loss of life of migrants attempting to travel from North Africa to Europe. Speaking before the meeting Minister Fitzgerald said: “Yesterday’s event is a terrible human tragedy. An urgent response is required to stem the flow of migrants to Europe and to tackle the criminal activity that drives this horrendous trade in human misery. This is an EU issue and an EU solution is needed. The EU must now act as one. “Today I will reaffirm Ireland's commitment to working with our EU colleagues to provide the best possible response to this extremely difficult issue.”
  • 20/04/2015   Minister Flanagan and Minister Fitzgerald attend EU meeting on migration in the Mediterranean
    The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, today attended an extraordinary joint meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers and EU Home Affairs Ministers called in response to recent tragic events in the Mediterranean. Speaking after the meeting Minister Flanagan said: "Minister Fitzgerald and I share the total horror at this weekend's tragedy, indeed the many recent tragedies, in the Mediterranean. Ireland strongly shares the concern of our EU and Southern partners and we agree that solutions must be found jointly to address a humanitarian crisis on this scale. We need to address the human safety and organised crime aspects of this crisis. However, more than anything, people need to be safe in their home countries and for this sustainable political solutions to conflicts are essential. We will continue to assist people affected by conflict and persecution, particularly those affected by the crisis in Syria, where Ireland has provided over €32million in humanitarian support since 2011. Ireland is also strongly committed to helping those affected by less high profile crises, including many in Africa. It is through assistance of this type that we can reduce the pressure on people to risk their lives attempting to reach Europe."
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