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Noreen Keegan Kavanagh National Co-ordinator. SONAS DP 7 MEMBERS Area Partnerships Wexford (Fiona) Limerick (Claire) Cork (Mary) Community Group PARTAS (John). NGO Support Groups SPIRASI (Gregory) Vincentian Refugee Centre (Brian) Statutory Body FÁS (Aisling).

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Noreen Keegan Kavanagh

National Co-ordinator


Area Partnerships

Wexford (Fiona)

Limerick (Claire)

Cork (Mary)

Community Group


NGO Support Groups

SPIRASI (Gregory)

Vincentian Refugee Centre (Brian)

Statutory Body

FÁS (Aisling)

SONAS DP Ireland has no lead partner

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Sonas DP Ireland Ltd


  • Dublin
  • Cork
  • Limerick
  • Wexford
Outreach workers are based in host organisationsDublin, Limerick, Wexford and Cork.
  • Provision of information, referral and support
  • Supporting establishment of new networks
  • Liaise with relevant agencies and service providers to improve quality of service for Asylum Seekers
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Sonas DP Ireland Ltd
  • 1240 clients to end of December 2003
  • Main information sought is the understanding of the asylum process
  • Work of the ORWs vary from area to area
  • Legislative changes in 2003 increased the workload o the ORWs
  • Innovative database analyses information gathered by the ORWs on the background of those availing of the service

‘ To improve the quality of life for particular and identifiable groups of asylum seekers at identifiable phases of the asylum determination process and in so doing to contribute to the development of best humanitarian practice’


Providing information and support services to Asylum Seekers through outreach methods.

  • To recommend changes to existing policies affecting asylum seekers and pro-actively develop new policies to address the changes needed
  • Through work in Ireland and the work of the transnational partners SONAS DP Ireland will influence policy changes at national and EU level
  • It is hoped that the adoption of the outreach worker approach and the policy of face-to-face contact will be taken up by both statutory and non statutory agencies
  • Development of a FAS accredited training programme for workers dealing with asylum seekers
  • “Self evaluation” of project will be conducted by Institute of Social Auditing in Ireland (ISAI).
Overall SONAS seeks to create changes in policy, practice and attitude to assist society at national and EU level to develop a more humanitarian approach to living and working with asylum seekers.
Transnational Activity:

Name of TCA: ASPIRE (Asylum Seekers Participation is the Result)

Partner States: Germany (2), Sweden (2), Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, & associate partner in The Czech Republic

3 working groups

  • Health
  • Education and Training
  • Orientation and capacity building
Equal Thematic Group 5: (ETG)

John Kearns (Sonas DP member) represents the Irish asylum seeker strand on the Liason and Working Groups for this EQUAL Thematic Group

39 DPs involved in 15 different TCA’s

3 priority areas for the work of the ETG are:

Education, training and advice; employment; capacity building

ETG5 will host a conference in Dublin on April 1 2004 focusing on asylum systems in the EU and show casing the good practices from EQUAL

This event will give the opportunity for the accession countries to be introduced to EQUAL and the asylum seeker strand