Proposed legislation on the asylum-application system should be withdrawn rather than rushed through the Oireachtas as is currently happening, a number of organisations have said in a joint statement.
The International Protection Bill, currently before the Seanad, is to be subjected to a guillotine in that chamber on Monday, with the Government intending to pass the law before Christmas.
Four organisations with an interest in the issue – Doras Luimní, the Irish Refugee Council, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland and Nasc – issued a joint statement on Friday asking for the Bill to be withdrawn.
However a spokesman for the Department of Justice and Equality said the Bill will bring Ireland’s asylum application procedures into line with other European states and is the single most important reform in the area by this Government.
At a time when Europe is experiencing the largest refugee crisis since the second World War, the new law could see asylum-seekers being swiftly deported after a “cursory examination of their applications”, according to Sue Conlon, chief executive of the Irish Refugee Council.