Failure on asylum law 'shameful'
THE Government is being referred to the European Court of Justice over its failure to enact into law a five-year-old directive on asylum-seekers.
The directive would bring Ireland into line with European norms on the protection of unaccompanied children seeking asylum here.
Last night Labour MEP Prionsias De Rossa said it was "a matter of national shame".
"We know that in the past 10 years, over 500 children have gone missing from HSE care having arrived in Ireland as unaccompanied children seeking asylum here," said Mr De Rossa.
The European Commission is referring Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to enact the 2005 EU directive into Irish law by the December 2007 deadline.
The commission has said that while the Government has implemented some of its provisions, the directive has not been implemented in full.