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  • 29/04/2019   Minister Flanagan congratulates 2,400 new Irish citizens
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, will today (Monday) congratulate 2,400 new Irish citizens across three citizenship ceremonies to be held in the Convention Centre Killarney, Co Kerry. The Presiding Officers on the day will be Retired High Court Judge Bryan McMahon and Retired District Court Judge Paddy McMahon. Those granted citizenship at today’s ceremonies originate from over 90 countries.
  • 16/04/2019   Minister Stanton Launches €10m Open Call for Proposals for Projects under European Funding
    Mr David Stanton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, today announced funding of €10m for migrant integration and gender equality projects to be carried out over 2019-2022. Two streams of funding are available with up to €4.5m from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund to further migrant integration and reception activities, and a further €5.5m from co-financing from the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund for gender equality projects and specifically projects to support women returning to work and women’s entrepreneurship.
  • 12/04/2019   Minister Flanagan announces abolition of re-entry visa system
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has today announced the abolition of Ireland’s re-entry visa system with effect from 13 May 2019. Under this system, visa required nationals who live in Ireland, and who wish to travel to and from the country, have been obliged to apply for a re-entry visa in advance of travel. From 13 May, such individuals will be exempt from the requirement to hold a visa if they have registered for an Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or GNIB card.
  • 03/04/2019   Minister Stanton hosts Public and Stakeholder Consultation for the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024)
    Mr David Stanton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration, today hosted a Public and Stakeholder Consultation on the UN International Decade for People of African Descent, in the Department of Justice and Equality. Approximately 100 stakeholders were in attendance, many of whom represent African Community organisations.
  • 29/03/2019   Minister Stanton launches 2019 Communities Integration Fund
    Mr David Stanton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration, today announced funding of €526,000 for community integration projects to be carried out in 2019. The Communities Integration Fund will provide grant funding for local community projects that support the integration of migrants. Applications can now be made online to the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration at the Department of Justice and Equality.
  • 06/03/2019   Ministers Flanagan and Humphreys announce change to immigration arrangements for spouses and partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit Holders
    Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, and Heather Humphreys TD Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, today (Wednesday, 6th March 2019) announced that the spouses and partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit holders will be able to access the Irish labour market without the need to obtain an employment permit. This change will streamline existing processes and result in a more attractive offering for both investors and international talent.
  • 18/02/2019   Minister Flanagan welcomes election of Chief International Protection Officer, David Costello, as Chair of the Management Board of the European Asylum Support Office
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, today welcomed the election of David Costello as Chairperson of the Management Board of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). Mr. Costello is Ireland’s Chief International Protection Officer and Head of the International Protection Office.
  • 08/02/2019   Minister Flanagan joins Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in Bucharest for two days of discussions on counter-terrorism, asylum and migration, electronic evidence, and police and judicial cooperation
    EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers gathered in Bucharest this week for two days of dialogue to help set the agenda for the 6 months of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Minister Flanagan welcomed the opportunities for Ministers to help shape the Presidency agenda to deliver increased EU cooperation to ensure the safety of citizens, in particular in an ever developing technologically driven Union.
  • 09/01/2019   Minister Flanagan and Minister Stanton agree to invite unaccompanied minors to Ireland in solidarity with Malta
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., and his colleague, the Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton, T.D., are pleased to announce that Ireland will accept unaccompanied minors from Malta as a gesture of solidarity and humanitarian assistance.
  • 01/01/2019   Minister Flanagan announces that over 10,000 people were granted Irish citizenship in 2018
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has announced that 10,158 people – including 3,136 children – were granted Irish citizenship in 2018. The figures bring the number of new Irish citizens to have received their certificate of naturalisation since the introduction of Citizenship Ceremonies in 2011 to over 120,000.