You might have read the Irish Times article of the 21st January last which revealed that Eurostat has confirmed that the Irish Government has refused 99% of all asylum applicants in this State at first instance in the third quarter of 2010. Which means that from 375 applications, the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner rejected 370. Just five applications were successful. Compare this to our European neighbours’ positive decision rate – Netherlands is at 46%, Denmark is at 41%, Italy is at 36% and the UK and Germany come in at 24%. Against these rates for positive decisions of other countries, Ireland’s 1 % acceptance rate is all the more shocking.