The one category where debt write-offs have been on the rise is where taxpayers were unable to pay the debts. These cases resulted in a €28 million loss to the exchequer.

Authorities unable to pursue 17 tax defaulters with tax bills of more than €1 million each

The Revenue has stepped up its audits of businesses in the shadow economy recently.

Doctors, dentists and pharmacists found to be hiding large sums in undeclared income

Overall, audits of the shadow economy show rental income accounted for the biggest individual yield last year.

More than €260 million in unpaid tax written off by Revenue last year

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said issues such as welfare payments for adults and children, restrictions to third-level education and supports for children will be among the issues to be examined

Minister for Justice pledges a new process to streamline applications for refugee status

Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness (above) is among prominent figures who have predicted the State’s treatment of asylum seekers could be the subject of a future government apology

Reports from campaign groups have highlighted the damage direct provision is causing residents

Heidar from Iraq who has left the direct provision system and now lives with his wife and three children in rented accommodation in Athlone. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The direct provision system for asylum seekers has a high human and social cost, and adapting to normal life afterwards is a slow (...)

Friends Natasha  (left) and Minahil, both 12. “When people [at secondary school] find out where we live, they’ll probably bully us . . . Natasha and I, we’re best friends. But we won’t be able to look after each other all the time.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Children in the ‘direct provision’ system live under threat of deportation. They learn not to worry about the future

Direct provision: the Eglinton accommodation centre in Galway. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Many of the companies providing shelter are large firms involved in the property, hospitality or catering business

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