Maynooth University recognised as a University of Sanctuary

Pictured Dr Cliodhna Murphy, lecturer in Law, Philip Berman, Chairman of Places of Sanctuary Ireland and Prof Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University

Maynooth University has been officially designated as a University of Sanctuary in recognition of its initiatives to promote a culture of welcome for refugees, asylums seekers and other migrants into the community.

Sanctuary universities have a demonstrated commitment to welcoming asylum seekers and refugees onto their campus through initiatives including bursary and scholarship schemes, and adopting strategies to integrate them into their community.

The university marked its designation by bringing together poets, students, academics, journalists and civil society actors to discuss the meaning of Ireland as a place of sanctuary. The event heard a call for an end to direct provision.