Conn’s new role on immigrant group

Conn Murray, former Limerick City and County Council chief executive

FORMER Limerick City and County manager Conn Murray has been appointed as a member of a new group dealing with immigrants and asylum seekers.

The Expert Group on the Provision of Support to Persons in the International Protection Process was established over the Christmas holiday period by Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan under the chairmanship of Dr Catherine Day, former Secretary-General of the European Commission.

Minister Flanagan said that the Expert Group would bring together a small number of highly experienced individuals to devise long-term approaches to supporting asylum seekers.

“We can draw on their expertise to see if there are new ways in which we can better meet the needs of asylum seekers and ensure we can adapt quickly to any variations in demand.

“While substantial improvements have been made to our reception system in recent years we are constantly looking to improve our service. In particular, I want to see better medium and long term planning embedded in our thinking,” Minister Flanagan explained.

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The Group is scheduled to complete its work by the end of the year.