Administration Stuff (Boring!)

We have a new New Horizon committee after the AGM.

I’ve set up a pile of mailboxes for the new officers as follows:


You can get to the login page from the website by choosing About ->  Administration from the top menu.

A New Horizon Tools workshop is planned for week ending 1st December, actual date to be confirmed later.

If you can’t wait until then to start using your super shiny new email address just drop an email to and I’ll send the password on to you. You should change it when you log on to something you find easier to remember.

There is also a committee discussion board linked from the same page. Try it out and we will see if it is useful.

New Family Reunification Scheme

Minister Flanagan and Minister of State Stanton announce new family reunification scheme in support of refugees and their families under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme.

Briefly the points are:

  • 530 family reunification places over next two years
  • Minister will use discretionary powers, this means that an act in the Dail (parliament) is not necessary
  • Ireland to host largest ever number of refugees in 2018 – 2019 as part of overall commitments

More information here.

Welcome to Athlone Folder

Yesterday we distributed updated “Welcome to Athlone” folders to the mobile homes on site.

It’s got lots of useful information on Ireland, Physical and Mental Heath, Education and leaving Direct Provision.

If we missed you, just leave a message for Muhammed Khalid at reception and a folder will find it’s way to you.

International Protection Family Reunification Bill


Posting from Senator Alice-Mary Higgins .

I am delighted that our International Protection (Family Reunification) Bill passed committee stage in the Seanad yesterday with support from Labour, Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil as well as Nasc Ireland, the Irish Refugee Council, Oxfam Ireland and Active Retirement Ireland. 
This bill seeks to undo the unintended consequences of the International Protection Act 2015 which narrowed the definition of the family for refugees to mean a spouse and children under 18 and had devastating consequences for many who were separated from their parents, siblings and extended family networks.

This is good news, restricting the definition of family has the potential to cause great suffering.

Words from New Horizon Chairman

As I have been elected as Chairperson of New Horizon Athlone Refugee and Asylum Seekers support group, I would like to express my big thanks to those who proposed myself to this position.
Additionally, I would send my congratulations to my new colloquies for the new positions as (Secretary, Treasurer, PRO and Volunteer Coordinator) officers.
Heidar Al-Hashimi
بعد ان تم اختياري لمنصب رئيس مجموعة الافق الجديد لمساندة اللاجئين وطالبي اللجوء في اثلون ، اتقدم بالشكر الجزيل لمن انتخبني ورشحني لهذا (المنصب التطوعي). كما اهنيء زملائي الجدد المتقلدين للمناصب الاخرى (السكرتاريا، امين الصندوق، مسؤول العلاقات العامة، ومنسق المتطوعين)
ملاحظة: المجموعة هي مجموعة اجتماعية غير ربحية قائمة على العمل التطوعي ولا يأخذ العامل فيها اي مبلغ لقاء عمله لانه متطوع. الا انها تجربة عملية مهمة وسياقاتها تضمن خبرة رائدة في العمل الاجتماعي الملاصق لتخصصي ودراستي.
حيدر الهاشمي

New Horizon AGM

The New Horizon Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 7th November.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair – Heidar Al-Hashimi
  • Secretary – Muhammed Khalid
  • Treasurer – Veronica McGowan
  • Public Relations Officer – Mary Carolan
  • Volunteer Coordination Officers – Margaret O Cluaid, Eleanor Dowling

Many thanks to the large group of people who attended.

English Language Learning Tips


Some English language learning tips for Arabic speakers.

Thanks to Heidar Al-Hashimi

نصائح مفيدة في تعلم اللغة الانكليزية لطالبي اللجوء واللاجئين العرب
اشير هنا الى طريقتين مهمتين
الاولى : التعلم بالممارسة
الثانية: التعلم بالمحاولة والخطأ
وتعني انك تستفاد من الدروس والكورسات المتاحة لك . وايضا تستفاد وتفطن جيدا الى ما يدور حولك من ممارسات يومية ومن المتعامل معهم. 
وقد تخطأ فسرعان ما تلاحظ من يصحح لك بسهولة ومن غير احراج. التصحيح كثيرا ما يكون بشكل غير مباشر وبذلك ستتعلم من خطأئك خاصة
ارجو من الاخوة الانتباه والفطنة للمتعاملين معهم فيما يتعلق بالاتي
١ طريقة السؤال
٢ اللفظ
٣ التحية
٤ الاجابة
٥ الموافقة او الرفض بنعم او لا
٦ مليء الاستمارات والتوقيع
٧حفظ اجوبة الاسئلة المكررة مثل اسمك الاول والثاني تاريخ ميلادك جنسك ذكر او انثى تاريخ ميلاد زوجتك اوزوجك واطفالك عنوان بيتك رقم هاتفك ومن معك
تحياتي وتمنياتي لكم بالتوفيق حيدر الهاشمي