Senator Rónán Mullen speaking to asylum seakers in direct provision at Mosney and Portlaoise Maurice Kiesse, Patricia Murambinda, and Gerald Musekiwa. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government working group meets for first time to review direct provision system

Senator Ronan Mullen with asylum seekers Maurice Kiesse, Patricia Murambinda and Gerald Musekiwa before his Private Members’ motion in the Seanad. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister says system is ‘inhumane’ but says changes will require Government support

Senator Ronan Mullen speaking to assylum seakers in direct provision at Mosney and Portlaoise - Maurice Kiesse, Patricia Murambinda, and Gerald Musekiwa from Zimbabwe and DRC - before a private members motion in the Seanad .Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Raising children in asylum centres can be a challenge for many parents

 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

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