Gordon Jeyes: “It’s about getting people to face up to the consequences . .  . If I get a standstill budget, I will have to make reductions.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Agency requires an extra €45 million next year just to keep services at standstill

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Riordáin said some asylum seekers should be allowed work. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

Minister of State says he can’t stand over direct provision system

Acting Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan:   has forwarded  allegations to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and requested a public-interest investigation by the ombudsman, to which the Minister agreed. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Garda whistleblower McCabe says some gardaí continue to behave improperly

Tánaiste Joan Burton says the planned supplement will improve income for working families on low wages. Photograph: Frank Miller

Proposals for a ‘return-to-work dividend’ likely to cost about €20 million

Waiting: asylum seekers at the Montague Hotel, in Emo, Co Laois, where many have been living for years under the direct provision system. Some residents began refusing food this week in protest about delays to their asylum applications and the conditions in which they live. Photograph: Alan Betson

Portlaoise parish priest compares institution to an open prison

 Dieudonne: “We don’t have any transport after school, so I just head home. It’s hard. I’d like to be able to play more sport or to go to my friends’ house and play . . .” Photograph: Alan Betson

Dieudonne, 11, is one of 1,600 children growing up in the direct provision system for asylum seekers

 Angela Kerins, former  chief executive of Rehab:    She and Frank Flannery threatened legal action to prevent details of their remuneration being discussed at the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Organisation says it cannot disclose pay or pensions of former chiefs for legal reasons

More than 9,000 cases of abuse, neglect or welfare concerns over children at risk are waiting to be allocated a social worker, new figures show

Social workers say heavy caseloads and staff shortages are storing up problems for future

Latest figures show that some 9,000 reports of suspected abuse, neglect or welfare concerns for children – 3,500 of which are classified as “high priority cases” – are waiting to be allocated a social worker

Reports over safety and welfare of children have grown by 98% since 2007

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