Supreme Court Decision on Right to Work

On 30 May 2017 the Supreme Court in N.v.H -v- Minister for Justice & Equality and ors [2017] considered the indefinite prohibition on the right of a person to work while in the asylum process, contained in the Refugee Act 1996 (and replicated in the International Protection Act 2015).

The Supreme Court held that work is connected to the dignity and freedom of individuals and that the complete ban was not justified and contrary to the constitutional right to seek employment. The Court’s final order is postponed for six months to allow the Government to respond.

Remember: Ireland is one of only two Member States of the EU who currently do not provide the right to work to refugees and asylum seekers.

The Irish Refugee Council issued a policy paper that sets out a number of recommendations to inform the government’s response.

Give it a read and write to your TD to pressure them to act!