A table and pie chart showing the amount of money each European Council member state will be giving towards the €3billion EU/Turkey deal The European Council last night announced details of its €3billion deal with Turkey – to “stem the flow of migrants to Europe”. This followed the commitment made to give this money to […]

From top: People at Moria detention centre in Lesbos; acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Brussels for a meeting between Turkey and the EU heads of government on March 7 Further to the EU/Turkey deal… On Tuesday, journalist Oscar Webb, from Lesbos island, reported: Up to 190 shipping containers are on their way to Lesvos, Samos and Chios, […]

Photographs tweeted by Channel 4 journalist and cameraman Stuart Webb this morning allegedly showing members of the Turkish coastguard trying to damage the engine of an inflatable dinghy carrying refugees trying to reach Greece Further to the talks continuing today in Brussels between the heads of the EU’s 28 member states and the Turkish Prime Minister […]

Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Brussels this morning In Brussels. Several Irish journalists asked Taoiseach Enda Kenny questions as he arrived for a meeting between Turkey and the EU’s heads of states or government – to discuss the numbers of refugees reaching Europe. It’s being reported that Turkey is now seeking €20billion in return for Turkey taking back all non-Syrian […]

The Irish Refugee Council and End Direct Provision Dublin are inviting submissions from artists, painters, graphic designers, illustrators, writers, poets, photographers and printers. The submissions can take any form, including cartoons, sketches, writing, graphics, street art, poetry, photography, etc. Caroline Reid, of the Irish Refugee Council, writes: The Irish Refugee Council and the End Direct Provision […]

Leaked documents published today by Euro2day.gr showing the minutes of a meeting between European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and President of the European Council Donald Tusk  You’ll recall the EU/Turkey deal on November 29, 2015. In return for €3billion, visa-free access to Schengen zone countries for the citizens of Turkey and a speeding […]

A fire at Camp Moria on Lesvos island, Greece last night Last night. A fire broke out at Camp Moria on Lesvos island in Greece. According to UNHCR figures, as of September 13, there were 5,600 people seeking refuge on the island where there are facilities with a capacity for 3,500. More than 94,000 people have reached Lesvos […]

#EU deportations from #Greece to #Turkey were rushed, chaotic and against the law. https://t.co/y8pJZZ5rvN pic.twitter.com/uamJmthRDK — Fred Abrahams (@fredabrahams) April 19, 2016 Human Rights Watch released a report today in relation to the deportations that have taken place from Greece to Turkey, as part of the EU/Turkey deal – of which Ireland has contributed €22million. […]

Norwegian lawyer Sofie Railo (left) gives sweets to children through the fence of VIAL, the closed detention facility on Chios island, Greece, where around 1,000 people are detained You may recall how, on April 4, when the first deportations following the EU/Turkey deal took place, the UN claimed 13 of the 202 people deported hadn’t been given the opportunity to seek […]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=OzZHL3JXzVE&app=desktop A video of the Turkish Coastguard water cannoning a dinghy full of refugees as it attempted to travel from Turkey to Lesbos island, Greece last October You’ll recall the €22.9million that Ireland is contributing to the €3billion the European Council is giving Turkey to “stem the flow of migrants to Europe”. Further to this… Solidarity group […]