Today’s Irish Times
Bewildered Student writes:
Advertising for people to carry out deportations?
“When O’Reilly was appointed in 2003 (despite opposition from two ministers, she has been told), the Fianna Fáil-led government of the day had just decided to curtail severely the Freedom of Information Act.
She believes the act came as “a huge shock to the system” for the Civil Service, and that while overall the culture has changed enormously over the past decade, “pockets of secrecy” remain.”
“Certainly the Department of Justice, for its own cultural and historical reasons, remains very secretive, very closed. If there is one thing I regret, it is that asylum, immigration and prisons are still outside any independent complaint-handling watchdog.”
Outgoing Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, above, speaking to the Irish Times ahead of taking up her new position as European Ombudsman in Strasbourg next week.
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On RTE Six One and TV3 5.30 news about what #snowden would face in the Irish asylum process
— Irish Refugee Counci (@IrishRefugeeCo) July 2, 2013
— odotm (@odotm) August 16, 2012
The UK governments threat to storm the Ecuadorian embassy to arrest Assange is an assult on the rights of asylum seekers world wide.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 16, 2012
The government of Ecuador says British authorities have threatened to barge into Ecuadorean embassy in London if officials there do not comply with demands to hand over Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been hiding out there while his request for asylum is considered.
“We are not a British colony,” said the country’s prime minister in a press conference today. “The days of the colony are over.”