New Horizon meeting

Hello all,

Hope you’re enjoying the recent change in the weather and the extra hour in the evening.

It is planned to have the next New Horizon meeting on the Tuesday the 3rd of April in the Education Room at 6pm.

Hope this time and date will suit everyone and that this email finds you well.

Kindest Regards and Thanks,

Francis and Muhammad.

Why are migrants abused?

“The primary cause for the massive abuse suffered by migrants in all regions of the world, including torture, rape, enslavement, trafficking and murder, is neither migration itself, nor organised crime, or the corruption of individual officials, but the growing tendency of states to base their official migration policies and practices on deterrence, criminalisation and discrimination, rather than protection, human rights and non-discrimination,” Melzer said.

Nils Melzer UN’s special rapporteur on torture


Being famous!

Two of our young friends  Natasha and Minahil spent most of their young life in the Lissywollen DP site.

Watch their story on the UNICEF youth website.

MY STORY – An introduction to Hannan, Natasha and Minahil, three young people who moved to Ireland as children.  This lesson explores the characteristics of personal identity such as gender, race, ethnic group, social class, region of origin, religion. It provides students with an opportunity to explore some of the ways labels are used identify each other and to consider the ways that those labels affect how others think about us, how we behave, and how we think about ourselves.


St. Patrick’s Day!

Shannon Academy have kindly invited us to take part in the St. Patrick’s day parade on Saturday 17th.

Athlone St . Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 2:30 pm from Shamrock Lodge hotel

Music, Entertainment and Buskers throughout the Parade

Children’s Magic Show – Civic Square at 3:15 pm-4:15 pm

Bouncing Castle – Civic Square at 2.00 pm-4.00 pm

All Children’s Entertainment FREE of CHARGE.

See you there!

Be careful out there!

(c) Westmeath Independent

We don’t often get snow in Ireland and when we do it’s usually just a dusting.

This snowstorm is a big one and it’s due to get worse tonight! The status red warning is that you should be at home by 4pm today and stay there until the warning is lifted. This is expected to be tomorrow afternoon.

Be careful, don’t go out unless it’s absolutely necessary. Please keep an eye on vulnerable neighbours and make sure that they are safe.

The Westmeath Independent has reports on what events are cancelled over the next few days.

English Classes in Shannon Academy

English classes begin in Shannon Academy on Wednesday February 14th.

A bus will collect participants in the centre at 9.30 a.m. Please be on time. The bus will return at 12.

There will be a meeting in the Education Room on Monday 12th at 12a.m. with Mary to discuss arrangements.

On completion of the classes a Certificate of Attendance will be provided by Shannon Academy.


Lip Service to Right to Work

Some information on the proposed right to work scheme:

If an asylum seeker wants to enter PAYE employment, for example, the job must not be one that an EU citizen or person with full migration permission could take up. It must also, in general, pay more than €30,000 a year, and cannot be in any of well over 70 sectors, including health, retail, hospitality and social care. Given the preponderance of women in these professions, these restrictions represent double discrimination against women who are seeking asylum.

As if all these restrictions were not mean enough, asylum seekers or their potential employers will have to pay between €500 and €1,000 for a six- to 12-month employment permit.

From the Irish Times

If an asylum seeker wants to enter PAYE employment, the job must, in general, pay more than €30,000 a year, and cannot be in health, retail, hospitality or social care


97 complaints to Ombudsman

Ombudsman dealt with 97 direct provision complaints

The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has published a commentary on his office’s experience of dealing with complaints from refugees and asylum seekers living in direct provision centres.

The Ombudsman’s Office began accepting complaints from people in Direct Provision last April. Since then, it has received 97 formal complaints from residents.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Tyndall said direct provision accommodation is fine for those staying for a couple of weeks, as it was originally intended, but is not suitable for long-term stays.

More about the report  here.