Court to rule on fast-track asylum procedures

The European Court of Justice will rule on Thursday whether Ireland is entitled to have fast-track procedures for asylum seekers from certain countries.

27th January, 2013

The European Court of Justice will rule on Thursday whether Ireland is entitled to have fast-track procedures for asylum seekers from certain countries.

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell directed the Refugee Applications Commissioner and the Refugee Appeals Tribunal in December 2003 to give priority to asylum applications by Nigerian nationals.

Two applications by Nigerians dealt with under that procedure were those of BA and a ten-year-old girl, identified as HID. BA claimed that he was...

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