Launch on Jan 14th at 11am

Doras, Dignity Partnership, and New Horizon invite you to attend the online launch of SaorEd, a new platform that provides free access to education and training courses for people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in Ireland. The launch takes place online at 11am on Friday, January 14th, and the link to register for it is

SaorEd is built on the Kiron online learning platform which has been designed specifically for refugees and underserved communities. Initial offerings will include English language courses, information technology (IT) skills, healthcare, and career preparation courses. The courses will be mostly in English, with some in Arabic.

Speakers at the launch event will include people involved in the specification, development and pilot testing of SaorEd, including some still living in Direct Provision. We are also pleased to announce that Enda O'Neill, Head of UNHCR Ireland, will give his reflections on the wider context relating to this new initiative. In addition, there will be a virtual tour of the system at the launch, and an opportunity will be provided for you to offer your initial feedback. We are particularly interested in hearing what additional courses should be offered, and how the system can be further developed.

We look forward to seeing you at the launch.


Thank you for your continuing support in helping to share information about COVID-19. Our highlight communications updates for you from this week are:

  • Winter illness advice for parents and guardians: COVID-19 is still spreading and lots of families are dealing with other winter illnesses too. Visit for advice on treating common illnesses, the children’s flu vaccine as well as COVID-19 vaccine information and testing advice for children.
  • COVID-19 vaccine booster:  People aged 40 and older, healthcare workers and people aged 16 and over with a high risk condition can now get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.
  1. Go to a walk-in vaccination clinic. Visit for clinic times and locations.
  2. You’ll get an appointment by text message from the HSE. If it doesn’t suit you can reschedule or go to a walk-in clinic.
  3. Contact a participating pharmacy. Visit for a list of pharmacies in your area.

Some GPs are also vaccinating their patients.            

  • Online self-scheduler for COVID-19 booster vaccine: People can now book their own booster appointments online at vaccination centres in 11 counties through the HSE website here. This technology is similar to the scheduling system currently used to book PCR tests.

These initial clinics will use the Moderna (Spikevax) vaccine only, therefore this option is only available to those aged 30 and over.

The HSE will continue to operate a combination of clinics, as we move through the booster COVID-19 programme. We will still have walk-in clinics and scheduled appointment clinics, in addition to these new self-scheduled clinics. We hope this new option will facilitate people in availing of the booster dose as soon as possible, to better protect themselves and their families and communities from serious illness caused by COVID-19.

People should be aware that you can avail of the booster at a Vaccination Centre using the self–scheduler only if you are:

-aged 40 and older

-pregnant and aged 30 and over

-living in a nursing home or a long-term healthcare facility

-a healthcare worker aged 30 and over

-aged 30 or over and have an underlying condition

You need to wait at least 3 months (90 days) after your vaccine course before you can get a vaccine. If you have had COVID-19 since you were vaccinated you should get your booster dose at least 6 months after your positive result.

Please bring photo ID that shows your date of birth to your appointment or walk in clinic.

  • Who will get a COVID-19 vaccine booster next: Booster doses will soon be offered to people aged 16 to 39 - in stages with older age groups being called first. You can find more information here.


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17 August 2021

A group of 12 organisations working on Migrant, Asylum and Refugee rights have written to the Irish government calling for Ireland to lead in its response to the unfolding crisis. A copy of the letter is available here.

Welcoming the initial commitment to offer 150 people humanitarian admission to Ireland, plus commitments to prioritise family reunification the letter recommended other important actions. These include:

  • Use the unfilled resettlement places from 2020 and 2021 to resettle Afghan refugees
  • Increase the number of humanitarian admission visas given to people at risk of persecution in Afghanistan
  • Ensure international protection is provided to Afghan protection applicants currently in Ireland through an expedited process
  • Fast track family reunion applications and broaden criteria
  • Ensure Afghan people have access to the international protection process in Ireland

 Speaking on behalf of the signatories of the letter, Nick Henderson, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council said:

“We believe, through membership of the Security Council, and other diplomatic channels, Ireland can continue to show strong humanitarian leadership on this issue. However this needs to be backed up by concrete actions, domestically and internationally.

“Ireland can use its existing resettlement programme to resettle Afghan refugees. According to UNHCR there are currently 96,000 Afghan people in neighbouring countries in need of protection. There are at least 1,100 unfilled resettlement places from 2020 and 2021. We are recommending that at least a 1,000 Afghan refugees are resettled.

“We can also expedite applications from Afghan people in Ireland and provide them international protection. There are currently around 211 Afghan people living in Direct Provision.”

“Family reunification can also be fast tracked so family members, many of whom are likely to be in danger, can leave.”

“Approximately 97 Afghan people were refused leave to land in Ireland between 1 January 2020 and 31 May 2021, people in this situation need to be given access to the protection process if needed.”



Nick Henderson, 0858585559

County Clare celebrates Africa Day on 25th May, 2021. Africa Day is celebrated around the world and is an opportunity to acknowledge a diverse and important group of people who enrich and make a valuable contribution to Irish society.

This year, in the absence of a live event, Clare County Council, in collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Community in Clare and the Clare Immigrant Support Centre, has created a video with a wide variety of content sharing African Irish culture in Clare. The video production is sponsored by Irish Aid.

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