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- 08/10/2015 Minister Murphy attends High Level Migration Conference on the Western Balkans Route
This evening, Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy TD attended a High Level Conference on the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans routes currently being favoured by migrants trying to reach the European Union. The High Level Conference brought together EU Ministers and representatives from Western Balkans States as well as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Speaking in Luxembourg Minister Murphy said “Ireland is strongly of the view that the EU and its partner countries must work together in a spirit of solidarity and co-operation if we are to meet the unprecedented challenges that this current crisis brings to us all. It is important that our response is multi-faceted and addresses both the immediate crisis and medium-term challenges, as well as the root causes of this crisis, in particular the war in Syria”. The Minister highlighted some of what Ireland has brought so far to the wider EU response to the migration crisis – “Ireland has contributed €41m to date as a humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis. In addition, Ireland is contributing to the Regional Development and Protection Programme in the Middle East which has the purpose of assisting refugees and providing support to those hosting refugees in countries neighbouring Syria. In September the Irish Government approved the Irish Refugee Protection Programme and agreed to accept up to 4,000 persons under the European Resettlement and Relocation Programmes”.
- 28/09/2015 Statement on measures to address queue management at the Immigration Public Office in Burgh Quay
The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of the Department of Justice and Equality are working with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) on measures to address queue management at the Immigration Public Office in Burgh Quay.
- 22/09/2015 Statement by Minister Fitzgerald on the Migration Crisis Following an Emergency Meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers
At a special meeting attended today by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., EU Ministers formally agreed to relocate a further 120,000 people in need of international protection from front-line EU Member States to other parts of the EU. The measure is for relocation from Greece and Italy. To allow for account to be taken of the rapidly evolving situation, 66,000 will be allocated initially for the relocation of people from Greece and Italy and there will be an option to relocate the balance of 54,000 people from other member states coming under pressure if necessary. This is in addition to the earlier decision to relocate some 40,000 such people from Italy and Greece, thus bringing the total number of people to be relocated to 160,000
- 16/09/2015 Minister Fitzgerald reviews new civilian immigration and border control arrangements at Dublin Airport
The Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald today visited Dublin Airport to review progress towards the civilianisation of frontline immigration control procedures at the Airport. The civilianisation of passport checks and immigration booths to free up Gardaí for other frontline policing work was announced by the Minister in September 2014. A new uniformed border management unit has now been established by Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of the Department of Justice and Equality and over 80 civilian immigration officers have assumed responsibility for border checks in Terminal 1 on a 24/7 365 basis.
- 14/09/2015 Statement by Minister Fitzgerald on the Migration Crisis Following an Emergency Meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers
The EU Justice and Home Affairs Council today formally adopted the decision to relocate 40,000 people in need of international protection. Minister Fitzgerald stated that Ireland will immediately move to implement the measure and she would expect a significant number of the 600 applicants to be relocated to Ireland within the next few months.
- 10/09/2015 Ireland to accept up to 4,000 persons under Relocation and Resettlement programmes- Fitzgerald
Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice & Equality, announced today that Ireland will accept up to 4,000 persons under resettlement & relocation programmes. An ‘Irish Refugee Protection Programme’ will be established to provide safe haven for persons seeking international protection. Today’s decisions were taken a special Cabinet meeting convened by An Taoiseach to discuss Ireland’s response to the Migration Crisis.
- 18/08/2015 Minister for Justice and Equality welcomes the introduction of measures to prevent 'marriages of convenience' taking place
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., today welcomed the commencement of new legislation introduced by the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, to give marriage Registrars extensive new powers to prevent the abuse of the institution of marriage for immigration purposes. The new powers take effect from Tuesday the 18th August, 2015.
- 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.