21 October 2020

Minister McEntee and Minister O’Gorman publish the report by the Advisory Group on Direct Provision and announce a reduction in the waiting period for international protection applicants to access work.

The recommendations of the Advisory Group will now be assessed by the relevant Ministers and their Departments. The Group’s report will inform the development of a White Paper to be published by the end of the year, outlining options for a replacement to the Direct Provision system.

The Government has also approved revised arrangements for international protection applicants to access work including the reduction in the waiting period from 9 months to 6 months from the date of first application for international protection.

The Advisory Group was established in October 2019 and chaired by Dr Catherine Day, former Secretary General of the European Commission, and had the following role:


The full Advisory Group report is available through the link below:


The Inter-Departmental Group report on Direct Provision is available through the link below:


Update:  26th February 2021

A White Paper on Ending Direct Provision has been published and is available here:  White Paper on Ending Direct Provision

The Executive Summary from the White Paper in various languages is available here:  White Paper on Ending Direct Provision (Executive Summary in various languages)


Submissions made to the Advisory Group

Government Departments and Agencies

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Department of Education and Skills

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Observations

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government costings



International Organisations

European Asylum Support Office

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


Department of Justice Bodies

International Protection Appeals Tribunal 

International Protection Office

Legal Aid Board


Non Government Organisations

AkidWa (Akina Dada wa Africa)

Children's Rights Alliance





Immigrant Council of Ireland

Irish Refugee Council

Jesuit Refugee Service

MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland)


One Foundation

Outcomes of Joint NGO Session

Peter McVerry Trust

Spirasi (Spiritan Asylum Services Initiative)

SVP (Society of Saint Vincent de Paul)


Other Groups

Law Society of Ireland


Public Bodies

CCMA ( County and City Management Association)