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Doras Report Highlights Urgent Need for Better Mental Health Services in Direct Provision Centres

Doras are calling for immediate action to ensure that vulnerable people living in direct provision have access to mental health supports and services in a new report, released on 23rd November 2020. The report highlights five key areas that have a negative impact on the mental health of international protection

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Doras says that no child should live in Direct Provision on Universal Children’s Day November 20th

20/11/2020 Image: Ombudsman for Children report ‘Direct Division’ on impact of Direct Provision on children. Doras have marked Universal Children’s Day by calling on the Irish government to ensure no more children live and grow up in Direct Provision by honouring their commitment to end the system by 2023. The

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Doras Welcomes Report on Ending Direct Provision by Expert Group, led by Catherine Day

21/10/2020 Doras welcome recommendations listed in the report, which was presented to Cabinet on Tuesday. “We now have a costed alternative to the current direct provision system on the table which appears to take a more humane, dignified approach to international protection that will also save the state millions.” –

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The #Anyone Campaign – Know the Signs of Human Trafficking in Ireland

20/10/2020 Doras supports the #Anyone campaign from IOM Ireland and the Department of Justice and Equality. Human trafficking involves the sale, trade and exploitation of human beings for profit. It is a serious crime that exists in nearly every country in the world, including Ireland. The campaign highlights how anyone,

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Windows 4 Opportunity – Improving Access to Education for International Protection Applicants

19/10/2020 Windows 4 Opportunity (#Windows4Opportunity) is a fundraising and donation drive led by Recruit Refugees Ireland (https://recruitrefugeesireland.com/), with support from a number of groups, including: Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland, the Irish Refugee Council and Doras, to name a few. Windows4Opportunity is aiming to provide laptop computers to 900 International

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Reduction in legal aid for International Protection applicants is a further barrier to protection in Ireland

8/10/2020 Photo: Source: Shutterstock/Lisa S. Limerick-based migrant and refugee support organisation Doras are dismayed by cuts to legal aid for international protection applicants, as this will make it harder for an already vulnerable group of people to access justice. The new legal aid scheme significantly reduces the fee paid to

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18 Irish NGOs sign open letter requesting urgent relocation of young refugees displaced by Moria fire

23/9/2020 Today, as the EU publish a new Pact on Asylum and Migration, 18 NGOs from across Ireland wrote to Taoiseach Martin and Ministers Coveney, McEntee, O’Gorman and Byrne, requesting the urgent relocation of unaccompanied children and young people from Greece to Ireland following the tragic fire in Moria refugee

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Concerns about ongoing safety and wellbeing of residents in Direct Provision during Covid-19 Pandemic

27/8/2020 Doras highlight renewed concerns about safety and wellbeing of residents in Direct Provision, in light of recurring clusters of Covid-19 in IPAS accommodation in recent weeks. “Since March, Doras and many other bodies have been calling for an effective response to the threat of Covid-19 in Direct Provision”, said

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Doras express concerns with social welfare checks at airports

Photo: Colin Keegan 27/7/2020 Doras have expressed concerns with social welfare payment checks at airports and the subsequent cessation of pandemic unemployment payments to people who travel abroad. They are particularly concerned at potential racial profiling in the implementation of these measures, and at the manner in which they discriminate

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Doras concerns about safety of residents in Direct Provision following allegation of sexual violence in a centre

10/7/2020 Doras have highlighted renewed concerns about security of residents in Direct Provision following today’s report in the Irish Times of alleged sexual assault in an IPAS accommodation centre. “People fleeing harm should not be exposed to further harm when they arrive here in Ireland”. Said John Lannon, CEO of

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Doras highlights issues with accommodating victims of human trafficking in Direct Provision

26/6/2020 Limerick-based migrant and refugee support organisation Doras have highlighted issues with accommodating victims of human trafficking in Direct Provision, as well as a lack of victim identification, in light of an annual Trafficking in Persons Report launched on June 25th.   According to the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report by

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Doras launches the Refugee Resettlement Toolkit with support from UNHCR on World Refugee Day

20/6/2020 Doras are pleased to announce the launch of their Refugee Resettlement Toolkit (RRT), a free resource for people working in integration, resettlement and community sponsorship, on World Refugee Day, 20th June 2020. “We are thrilled to launch this resource for community actors,” said John Lannon, Doras CEO, “which we

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Doras calls on parties negotiating the next programme of government to ensure that the abolition of Direct Provision is prioritised

11/6/2020 Press release: The Limerick-based human rights and migrant support organisation Doras has issued a call to all parties negotiating the next programme of government to ensure that the abolition of direct provision is prioritised. “Direct Provision is one of our most visible forms of institutional racism” said Doras CEO

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Doras Reiterates Call for Closure of Cahirsiveen Centre and Provision of Own-Door Accommodation for Residents

22/5/2020 Press release: Doras has written to Minister Flanagan seeking answers to a list of questions relating to the overcrowded conditions in which residents of Direct Provision are required to live, making it impossible for people to follow HSE COVID-19 guidelines on social distancing. This is most notably illustrated in

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Doras View: The Department of Justice and Equality Response to Covid-19 in Direct Provision

29/4/2020 Department of Justice Response While the government is working to limit the spread of Covid-19, people living in Direct Provision are being left in very precarious and anxious situations. This is due to overcrowding in many centres, compounded by a lack of transparency and basic information for international protection

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Doras Responds to Ombudsman’s report on Direct Provision

24/4/2020 Ombudsman’s Report We welcome the Ombudsman’s report on Direct Provision in 2019, as well as the important and timely reference to the Covid-19 pandemic. It serves to further highlight how unsuitable a system it is for receiving International Protection Applicants in Ireland.  “This report reinforces what many non-governmental organisations,

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Doras View: 20 Years of Direct Provision

14/4/2020 Twenty years ago today (10th April 2020), the system of Direct Provision was established by the Department of Justice, as a means to receive International Protection Applicants in Ireland. At around the same time, a group of concerned Limerick locals formed what would become Doras, to show support and

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#MoveTheVulnerableOut: Calls for Vulnerable People to be Moved from IPAS Accommodation Centres during Covid-19 Pandemic

24/3/2020 Doras calls on the Department of Justice to move people within HSE Covid-19 risk categories who are in International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) accommodation to more appropriate settings immediately. “As with many of our colleagues in this space around the country, we are extremely concerned for at-risk people living

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Doras Service during Covid-19 (Click for contact details)

13/3/2020 Doras will be limiting it’s office operations, with the situation to be reviewed daily. We encourage our clients in Limerick to contact us over the phone or via email with any queries they may have. Contact details below.

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Doras Calls on Irish Government to Respond to Developments on Greek Border

11/3/2020 Doras calls on the Irish Government as a member of the EU to take steps to ensure Greece upholds the right of people arriving from Turkey to seek asylum, and to treat them in a humane and dignified manner.   Doras director John Lannon said “We are deeply perturbed

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Doras General Election 2020 Manifesto

30/1/2020 Doras works to uphold the human rights of asylum seekers, refugees and everyone from a migrant background. We call on any incoming government to uphold not only their human rights, but the human rights of everyone in Ireland.Through our work we have identified several key areas of concern, many

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Doras Joins 29 Organisations in Calling for Election Campaigning Free from Hate Speech

28/1/2020 Community groups and civil society organisations have joined forces to call for respectful and informed campaigning from all candidates in the run up to the General Election 2020. The following letter was issued to newspapers on the 27th January 2020: Dear Sir/ Madam, Everyone benefits when the language of

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Doras Welcomes the Imminent Closure of Mount Trenchard but Says a Lot More Needs to Be Done for International Protection Applicants

Media Statement: 11th January 2020 Doras welcomes the planned closure of Mount Trenchard Direct Provision Centre in Foynes, Co. Limerick at the end of February 2020. The organisation has been amongst the many voices highlighting the inhumane conditions in the direct provision centre, and after 6 years of calling for

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Doras Welcomes Joint Oireachtas Committee Report, Notes Omissions and Calls for Vulnerability Assessments to be Implemented Immediately

20/12/2019 Doras welcomes last week’s Oireachtas report and its recommendations, completed by the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality, which echo concerns voiced by many dedicated independent organisations in this space for a long time. The report clearly highlighted many shortcomings in the current system of International Protection in Ireland,

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Doras Christmas Hours

The Doras team will be taking a well earned break next week, and will be open again from Monday 30th December, with the office also closing for New Years Day. In case of emergency, please email info@doras.org, or direct message via any of our social media platforms. Happy Holidays to

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Media Statement: Doras Calls for Immediate Closure of Mount Trenchard Direct Provision Centre

9th December 2019 Doras has released findings of research conducted on Mount Trenchard Direct Provision Centre which demonstrates the damaging effects that living there has on residents. Despite making a range of short-term priority recommendations to the Department of Justice’s Reception and Integration Agency (now the International Protection Accommodation Service)

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Doras Christmas Appeal 2019

Over 550 people in the Limerick region will be spending Christmas in Direct Provision – many of them are here alone or have loved ones in other countries. Show your support by donating One4All cards, or whatever you can, so that they can buy phone credit to call loved ones,

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Doras Luimní Rebrands And Is Now Doras

Doras Luimní has a new look, and is now Doras! Our work often brings us to different parts of the country, and our name now reflects that. We are very much a Limerick based organisation, and the south/mid-west is our area of focus, but we are committed to helping International

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Doras Newsletter – Autumn 2019

We are delighted to bring you our most recent newsletter, highlighting project updates, new staff recruited, training opportunities available, and updates on events and campaigns that are currently running. Please contact info@doras.org for any more information. Thank you.

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Limerick Election Candidates Say No to Racism

On Wednesday 1st May, 24 local and European election candidates gathered at the Doras office in Limerick City centre to publicly denounce racism by signing the Anti-Racism Election Protocol 2019. Seán McSweeney, Doras CEO said: “The elimination of racism from political discourse is something that Doras takes very seriously, and

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Our Impact in 2018

We are delighted to share our 2018 Impact Report, which highlights the fantastic work done by Doras staff and volunteers last year.

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Family Reunification (IHAP 2) Details

The proposal form for the second round of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme Humanitarian Admission Programme was made public on Thursday, December 20. The full form can be found on the INIS website. Proposals should be submitted no later than 8 February, 2019. ELIGIBILITY OF SPONSOR Sponsors must have one of

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Limerick Support Services – Holiday Hours

Although the Doras offices will be closed this holiday season, there are a number of support and emergency services available during this time. We have listed their holiday hours below. Housing/Homeless Services St. Vincent de Paul Drop in Centre Ozanam House, Hartstonge Street, Limerick. Tel: 061 313557. Open Monday 24th

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Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day, observed around the globe on 10th December, provides an opportunity for Ireland to celebrate our progress in the area of human rights, while also highlighting areas for improvement. There are close to 6000 people, including over 1700 children, currently living in substandard conditions in 38 Direct Provision

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Universal Children's Day

Each year on 20th November, we mark Universal Children’s Day – the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – which is an international initiative by the United Nations that aims to raise awareness of ongoing #ChildRights issues in Ireland and worldwide. Doras uses this opportunity to highlight the

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Media Statement: Belonging To Limerick

Integration Working Group launches Limerick’s 3rd Integration Plan (02-10-2018) Representatives of the Integration Working Group met with President and Mrs. Higgins prior to the launch. The Limerick Integration Working Group unveiled its newest integration plan, Belonging to Limerick: Limerick City and County Integration Plan 2018-2022, on Friday September 28th at

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Our Impact in 2017

In 2017, Doras Luimní supported more than 1,200 people from almost 100 countries to access their rights and to integrate into local communities in Ireland. We worked on 74 immigration-related issues, from asylum applications, family reunification support to employment and labour exploitation issues. See below for an overview of our

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Media Statement: Right to Work

“Effective right to work for asylum seekers further delayed by Government” (23rd January 2018) Despite the recent Supreme Court judgement and the forthcoming declaration of the ban on employment as unconstitutional, there has been almost no progress with regard to making employment rights an effective reality for asylum seekers in

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New Irish Residence Permit

The new Irish Residence Permit (IRP) has now replaced the ‘GNIB card’. *Important: You do not need to apply for a Irish Residence Permit until your current GNIB card expires.* Please see full details from INIS below. INIS Registration Office Information Note Residence certificate – GNIB card to IRP Non-EEA

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Xmas Appeal 2017

Doras Luimní is asking our supporters to consider making a €10 phone credit voucher donation. We are aiming to provide a small token to each of the 450 people living in Direct Provision centre’s across the Limerick region.  €10 = 1 hour phone call to friends and family living across

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Volunteer Family Advocates

Are you interested in volunteering with Doras Luimní as a Volunteer Family Advocate? We are currently accepting applications from interested individuals in Limerick who have experience working in the community, supporting people from a migrant background to access services and information. Volunteers will need to be available for 1 to

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War-Torn Children exhibition

The War-Torn Children exhibition launches in Limerick on Monday 17th July at 7pm in the CB1 Gallery. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the human impact of war and injustice, and to promote a culture of hospitality and welcome for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and

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Vacancy – Translator, Interpreter & Cross-Cultural Worker

Doras Luimní is currently recruiting for the position of Translator, Interpreter & Cross-Cultural Worker. The overall objective of the post is to provide interpretation, translation and cross-cultural support for recently arrived refugees. It will involve assisting staff, volunteers and relevant services to interact effectively with the new arrivals via interpretation

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Journeys – A new primary school teaching resource

Journeys is a new education resource for primary school teachers with an interest in teaching children about migration, refugee protection and migrant rights. Doras Luimní contributed to this resource as co-authors, in partnership with the DICE project and the Curriculum Development Unit in Mary Immaculate College. Activities in the resource

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Seminar on Arts participation among young refugees

A symposium exploring arts participation of young refugees and asylum seekers will be taking place in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on 31st May 2017. Speakers include: Laura Hassler (Musicians Without Borders), Prof Helen Phelan (UL), Dr Charlotte McIvor (NUI Galway), Seán Love (Fighting Words), Dr Rachel Hoare (TCD), Tadhg Crowley (The Glucksman

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Africa Day 2017

Preparations are underway for Africa Day 2017 in Limerick. This year there will be several events throughout the city & county celebrating diversity and culture in all its forms. Date: 22nd to 28th May 2017   Key events include: Monday 22nd May: Official Opening in Limerick City Hall. Wednesday 24th May:

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Latest Bulletin

Read our latest Bulletin for updates on our work, related sector news and forthcoming events. This issue of the Bulletin includes updates on refugee resettlement work in Wexford and Limerick; new mentoring project; the Ombudsman complaints procedure; Africa Day and fundraising events for families living in Direct Provision and ENAR Ireland.

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Vacancy: Refugee Resettlement

The Refugee Resettlement Support Worker (35 hours per week) will work to support recently arrived refugees from Syria to Limerick city and Newcastle West. The role will involve supporting refugees on a daily basis to access services appropriately, and building capacity both in the new arrivals and in the receiving community as

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National Week of Action Against Hate Crime

From 19th to 25th March 2017, we are marking National Week of Action Against Hate Crime, along with our partners and members of ENAR Ireland, by calling on the Government to introduce hate crime legislation. Ireland is one of the only EU countries that does not legislate for hate crime.

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Galway information session – International Protection Act

Doras Luimní are facilitating an information session in Galway on Wednesday 22nd March  at 11am to provide information to asylum and family reunification applicants on the new International Protection Act. The information session will take place in the Eglington Hotel (Direct Provision centre), Galway. Download: IP Act Galway 22nd March

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Cultural Exchange & Mentoring Project

Doras Luimní are seeking to recruit a group of volunteer mentors – of all ages, interests and backgrounds – to take part in our Cultural Exchange & Mentoring project with refugees, asylum seekers and the wider migrant community in Limerick. Volunteers will meet with the project participants three times per

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Progress of McMahon report recommendations

On 27th February 2017, Minister Frances Fitzgerald published a second progress report on the implementation of the recommendations outlined in the McMahon report (output from the Working Group on Direct Provision & Supports to Asylum Seekers, see below). The Minister claims that 92% of the recommendations are now fully or

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International Protection Act

*Next information session: 22nd March 2017* (FB event details)* Have you received a questionnaire from the International Protection Office? If you are a current applicant in the asylum and protection process, you may have received a questionnaire and a letter from the International Protection Office. It is important that you

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Arabic language classes

Our 6 week course in basic Arabic language skills was postponed for one week and it will now start on Thursday 23rd February at 5:30pm in Central Buildings. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused! We have had great interest in this course and we are pleased to announce that

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Our impact in 2016

Doras worked with almost 1,200 people from 86 countries, addressing 58 different issues and needs throughout 2016. Out of the 86 different nationalities of the people with whom we worked, the top 5 countries of origin were: Afghanistan; Pakistan; Sudan; Brazil and Somalia. The top 5 issues on which we worked were: family reunification;

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Job & volunteer opportunities

*The deadline for applications has now passed.* We have a number of opportunities at present, including paid and unpaid internships and volunteer positions. For full details, please visit our Vacancies page. Anti-Trafficking & Outreach Officer (paid position) Advice & Information Intern (unpaid) Receptionist & Admin Assistant (unpaid/ CE Scheme) For

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Volunteer Arabic Tutor needed

Are you interested in volunteering with Doras Luimní as an Arabic language tutor? We are currently seeking to recruit a volunteer tutor to help us provide basic Arabic classes in Limerick city centre. If you are an Arabic speaker and have teaching experience, with an interest in the work that

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Xmas Opening Hours 2016

Doras Luimní will be closed from Thursday 2nd December at 4:30pm until Tuesday 3rd January at 10:30am. In case of emergency, please contact us on 087 7754160. The following support services will have limited opening hours over the holiday season, some of which have an out-of-hours service. Download: Xmas opening hours

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International Protection Act

The International Protection Act (2015)  came into effect on 31st December 2016. The new legislation will impact on asylum and family reunification applications in a number of ways, including the key changes outlined below. Doras Luimni will hold an information session on Wednesday 25th January at 2:30pm to discuss these

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Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is marked each year on 10th December, which aims to highlight and celebrate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This year, Human Rights Day calls on people around the world to protect human rights by standing with and speaking out for people who

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City Centre Community Network

Do you live in Limerick city centre? Do you need information about local services or would you like to meet people living in the area? Join us on Tuesday’s mornings in the Central Buildings community café from 10:30am to 12pm. The next meet-up will take place at the Community Café on

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Justice for the Undocumented

Doras Luimní is pleased to support the Justice for the Undocumented (JFU) campaign, led by the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland, which calls for the introduction of a Regularisation scheme for undocumented migrants living in Ireland. As part of the campaign, Doras Luimní strongly supports the motion before Limerick City & County Council on 28th November 2016,

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Volunteer Opportunities

Doras Luimní are currently seeking an experienced Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant (Voluntary / CE scheme) to join our team. Job Title: Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant Reporting to: Director Hours of work: 21 hours per week Place of Work: Doras Luimní Limerick office; 51a, O’Connell Street Objectives of the Role To provide a range

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Community Music Workshops

The community music workshops are back from Thursday 10th November in Central Buildings/ Christ Church Hall, with thanks to the Irish World Academy (IWA) in the University of Limerick. The workshops will take place every Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm, starting from 10th November 2016. All musical interests and abilities

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Intercultural Week 17th to 23rd October

A week of intercultural events in Limerick, from 17th to 23rd October 2016, organised by the Limerick Integration Working Group, supported by Limerick City & County Council. Food, music, art, history, sport, and theatre events will take place in over 10 venues throughout the city, concluding on Sunday 23rd October with a

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Refugee Resettlement – Resources

Doras Luimní began working on a Refugee Resettlement project in Portlaoise In February 2015 , supporting 13 Syrian families who recently arrived in Ireland under the Government’s UN Resettlement Programme. As part of the project, a number of resources, templates and documents were designed to assist the families to effectively integrate

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Fair Work Standards

Fair Work Standards is a campaign that promotes work place rights in Limerick city. The campaign is an opportunity for local workers to learn about their basic rights and entitlements under Irish employment law. The campaign aims to promote fairness at work for all workers, regardless of their type of employment.

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Advice & Information centre

We provide information and advice on immigration related issues. We provide a free and professional service, three days per week, assisting migrants in accessing their rights and entitlements. Some of the most common issues we deal with are: Leave to Remain and Subsidiary Protection Applications Family Reunification Irish Born Child/ Zambrano Residency Applications

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Undocumented Migrant Workers

Doras Luimní are holding a meeting for undocumented migrant workers living in Limerick on Wednesday 29th June. If you or someone you know is undocumented and living/ working in Limerick, you are invited to join us for a safe and confidential meeting to discuss some of the key challenges and

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World Refugee Day – 20th June 2016

World Refugee Day is marked on 20th June each year, giving us an opportunity to raise awareness of the many challenges faced by people seeking protection and to highlight the valuable contribution of refugees and asylum seekers to their new host communities. In 2015, we witnessed an unprecedented wave of

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Transition from Direct Provision

The process of moving out of DP involves completing many forms and liaising with different public services, such as the Social Welfare office, Housing office in Limerick City and County Council, as well as searching for available and suitable properties. Doras Luimní have a dedicated transition support worker who will

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Islamophobia in Ireland – Seminar on 11th May

ENAR Ireland (the Irish Network Against Racism) invite you to attend a seminar on Islamophobia in Ireland on 11th May in the Absolute Hotel. This seminar will explore and strengthen understanding of Islamophobia (anti-Muslim racism) in Ireland. Guest speakers will present research findings on the experiences of people affected by

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Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival

The Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival will run across Limerick City and County, from Saturday 16th April to Friday 22nd April, 2016. The festival, which is now in its 6th year, comprises of over 150 events, all of which are FREE and open to all. The festival programme aims to promote

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Save the Date – 18th May 2016

Doras Luimní are hosting a  seminar on Migrant Workers & Trade Union Membership on Wednesday 18th May 2016. The seminar will focus on our recent survey findings, discussion of the key challenges faced by migrant workers and the barriers to trade union membership. Full details will be announced shortly. For more

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Portlaoise Social Inclusion Week: 11th – 21st March 2016

Portlaoise Social Inclusion Week  will run from 11th – 21st March 2016 and features an action-packed line-up of events. On 11th March, the week’s events will kick-off with “Human Library & Come Dine with Your Community” in Portlaoise Parish centre at 5pm. Over the following 10 days, events include an open day

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International Women's Day – 8th March 2016

Doras Luimní will hold a Soap Box event at Bedford Row in Limerick city centre on 8th March 2016 from 12.30pm – 1.30pm to celebrate International Women’s Day and to raise awareness of exploitation experienced by some workers in care sectors, including for example domestic workers and Au Pairs. We

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General Election – Party Manifestos

A summary of the immigration, asylum & refugee issues mentioned in the political party election manifestos ahead of the General Election on Friday 26th February 2016. View and download the overview here: General Election – Overview of Manifestos To read more about voting in the General Election, see here: Voting Rights

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New Opening Hours – 2016

Doras Luimní is now closed to the public every Wednesday and Friday. Our drop-in hours are every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning with appointments available in the afternoon. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause!      

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Media Statement: "Refugees resettled in Ireland denied their legal rights"

On the 60th anniversary of Ireland becoming a member of the United Nations, refugees recognised by the UN and selected for residence in Ireland have been denied their legal entitlement to full social welfare payment according to information confirmed by the Irish Refugee Council and Doras Luimní. The first refugees

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Anti-Rumours

  The anti-rumours campaign aims to dispel the widespread myths and misconceptions around the topic of immigration and migrant integration, by providing evidence-based answers and utilising social networks to spread the message of the campaign far and wide. For more information on the anti-rumours project, see here: Anti-Rumours 

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Voting Rights & General Election 2016

Are you eligible to vote in the next General Election? Do you know how to register to vote? Would you like to learn more about the voting, political and election system in Ireland? Doras Luimní have compiled information that may help you to participate in the upcoming General Election, to

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Joint Statement: NGOs call for International Protection Bill to be withdrawn

Doras Luimní, the Irish Refugee Council, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland and Nasc are calling for the International Protection Bill, currently before the Seanad, to be withdrawn so that it can be properly amended by the Government and full consideration must be given to concerns expressed by organisations that work directly

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New International Protection Bill

 The new International Protection Bill was published on 19th November 2015, with a view to being rushed through the political process and enacted before the Dáil breaks for Christmas on 21st December. Doras Luimní are concerned that a number of provisions contained within the legislation could potentially limit the rights

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Undocumented Migrant Workers

Doras Luimní are hosting an information session for undocumented migrant workers who are living and working in the Limerick region. The meeting will be fully confidential and will provide a safe space for people to discuss and share their concerns and challenges. Members and leaders of the Justice for the

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Fair Work Standards

 Doras Luimní are launching a new campaign, which aims to raise awareness of employment rights and work standards in Limerick.  The campaign will focus on the rights of migrants in vulnerable work sectors – hospitality, care work, agriculture, security, retail among others. Migrants make up a significant part of the

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Vacancy: Advice & Information intern

Are you looking for experience in information provision and/or the migrant NGO sector? Do you want to learn about immigration rights and entitlements? We are seeking a suitably qualified and experienced intern (unpaid position) to help us in our busy drop-in centre. The successful candidate will assist our advice and information

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Housing & social welfare support

Our dedicated housing and social welfare support service assists people who have recently received status and are preparing to leave Direct Provision. We provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation, accessing your social welfare entitlements and any other support you might need in making the transition from Direct Provision. Please contact

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Refugee Crisis – How to help

We have received so many calls from the general public who are looking to help support the refugee crisis relief efforts. There are many ways in which people can help, with several local and national community-driven initiatives emerging in recent weeks. Below are a list of suggested actions with emphasis

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Reporting Racism

Doras Luimní is a member of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) Ireland. As part of this network, we assist people who have witnessed or experienced racism to report the incident using this online third party mechanism: www.ireport.ie If you have witnessed or experienced a racist incident, you can report it

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Survey: Migrant Workers and Trade Union Membership

The purpose of this survey is to establish trade union membership uptake for migrant workers in low paid jobs. The findings will help Doras Luimní to understand if and how Trade Unions support migrant workers. Any information given is confidential and will not be passed to a third party. Participation is

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Closed – Drop-in centre

Doras Luimní drop-in centre will be closed from Monday 10th – Friday 14th August. We will re-open on Monday 17th August. In case of emergency, please call 0877754160. We apologise for any inconvenience caused!

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Gone to Ghana – volunteering in Africa

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Run It Forward – Official Charity

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Education in time of crisis

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Famous quotes about giving

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The Children’s Family Trust

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Education Fund

*CLOSED: Applications for assistance under the Education Fund are now closed* Doras Luimní are now accepting applications for assistance under the Education Fund, which aims to support young people who face barriers accessing education and training. The education fund is open to young people aged 18 – 27 years, who

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Vacancy: Advice & Information intern

Doras Luimní are accepting applications for the Advice and Information case work internship. This is an unpaid position. The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with the Doras Advice and Information Officers and Doras Legal Officer, providing personal support and advocacy to Doras clients. The successful candidate will assist in the

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World Refugee Week 2015

To mark World Refugee Day on 20th June, Doras Luimní have organised a number of initiatives and events in Limerick to raise awareness of and support for refugees and migrants. Events will take place from 15th to 20th June 2015 and include a pop-up café in Central Buildings; a free food

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Host a world food fundraising event

To mark World Refugee Day, Doras Luimní are organising a number of initiatives and events in Limerick to raise awareness of and support for refugees and migrants. Events will take place from 15th to 20th June 2015 and include a pop-up café in Central Buildings; a free food and music event

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Recipe Collection – Around the World in Limerick

Do you have a favourite recipe from your home country? Would you like to share it with Limerick? In advance of World Refugee Day, 20th June 2015, Doras Luimní are compiling a collection of recipes from Around the World in Limerick. If you would like to contribute please send the

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Africa Day 2015 – Limerick

Africa Day is marked on Monday 25th May, with events running until 31st May in Limerick. This year, Africa Day will be launched by special guest Sharon Murphy (The Voice UK) who will host an interactive seminar with speakers from the local African community and Irish Aid in the Strand Hotel

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Vacancy: Legal Officer (Full-time)

Doras Luimní are currently inviting applications for the position of Legal Officer. The Legal Officer will have the overall responsibility of managing Doras’ Direct Support Service which provides one-to-one legal information and advice on a range of immigration related issues to our clients. This role will include managing Doras’ Legal Service

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Training Programme 2015

Doras Luimní provides training to organisations and individuals on a range of migrant-related topics including Intercultural Awareness; Immigration Law and Policy and Migrant Rights and Entitlements. We offer in-house training as well as tailored training courses designed to meet the exact needs of the client organisation: Click here to see brochure.

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Launch of 'No Choices, No Chances' research report

Doras Luimní launched a new report on our human trafficking and migrant prostitution case work, which outlines the cases presenting to Doras Luimní over an 18 month period. It provides evidence of the complexity of human trafficking, the difficulties facing migrants who navigate the Irish immigration system, the barriers when accessing

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Incredible Years

The Incredible Years programme is aimed towards migrant parents of children aged 3 – 6 years. The programme will take place every Wednesday from 10 – 12pm, starting on 4th February. The programme aims to strengthen your child’s social skills and increase confidence and self-esteem. Participants will learn how to

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Launch of report: Person or Number? 2

A coalition of NGOs have launched a report called “Person or Number? 2 A second examination of issues faced by immigrants in accessing social protection in Ireland” that is critical of how the Department of Social Protection deals with migrants. Irish human rights organisations, including FLAC, Doras Luimní, Nasc and Crosscare,

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Call for Applications: Leadership & Active Citizenship Programme

Representatives of the migrant community are invited to apply for our Leadership and Active Citizenship programme, which will take place from February until May 2015. The programme aims to strengthen and advance the capacity of leaders within the migrant community in Limerick City and County, who are working towards societal

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Parent and Toddler Group: Tuesday 10 – 11:30am

Doras Luimní and the Limerick Social Service Council are facilitating a Parent and Toddler group every Tuesday from 10am – 11.30am, starting from the 20th January 2015. The group is open to all migrant and Irish parents, with their toddlers, and will provide a good opportunity to share experiences and

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Proposal to Clear Asylum Backlog

Doras Luimní and the Irish Refugee Council are proposing a one-off scheme to clear the backlog of cases in the asylum system, before a single protection procedure is introduced. Read our full proposal here: Proposal for One-off Scheme to Clear Asylum Backlog. Download the shortened informational flyer here: Shortened Info Flyer for Backlog

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Intercultural Event – 18th December

Doras Luimní are hosting an Intercultural event on 18th December in Limerick City Gallery of Art, to celebrate migrant’s contribution to the city and to officially welcome Limerick’s new Irish citizens. Food, drinks and entertainment will be provided and we would be delighted if you could join us on the

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Intercultural Cities: Limerick

Limerick formally signed the Intercultural Cities agreement on 19th November 2014, in advance of the conference “Sports, Arts and Culture in the Intercultural City”, which was held in Limerick on 20th &21st November. Doras Luimní initiated Limerick’s participation in the Intercultural Cities network in 2012, which is a programme funded by the European

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New Anti-Rumours website

The Anti-Rumours project team have launched a website for the campaign, which includes information on the project in Limerick and across Europe. Research carried out by the Limerick anti-rumours project team is available to read online, as well as access to other useful resources that will help you to challenge

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Report provides evidence of Racism and Discrimination

As many as 80% of those who experienced racism or discrimination do not report it. This is one of the findings of a study carried out by UCD-based researcher Dr Patricia Kennedy, published in a report entitled ‘Treated Differently? Evidence of racism and discrimination and racism from a local perspective’. It shows that racism

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React Against Racism

Racism is a widespread and serious in Ireland. We strongly encourage anyone affected by any form of racism or discrimination to make a formal complaint to the Gardaí. We offering advice, information and support on reporting or responding to racism. If you have experienced or witnessed racism or discrimination, you can:

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Limerick Integration Plan 2013 – 2016

The Limerick Integration Working Group (IWG) has launched its second Integration Plan for Limerick. The plan was launched by Conn Murray, Limerick City and County Manager on International Human Rights, 10th December 2013. For further information, please contact: Doras Luimní representative on the Integration Working Group, Integration Policy Officer Matt Cannon, 061 310 328 or  iwglimerick@gmail.com

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