Detention of vulnerable applicants

Republic of Ireland

Author

Irish Refugee Council

The International Protection Act specifically prohibits detention of unaccompanied children. There is no available information on this issue, however detention is rarely used in practice in Ireland.

Age disputed children who two immigration officers or two members of the Gardai Siochana suspect, on reasonable grounds, to believe the person to be over the age of 18 years may be detained under section 20(7) IPA. However, they then must undergo an examination as to their age as soon as possible under section 25 IPA.

About AIDA

The Asylum Information Database (AIDA) is a database managed by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), containing information on asylum procedures, reception conditions, detenti