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

Natasha (12), Minahil (12), and Yolanda (18), who live in the Athlone Direct Provision Centre at Lissywollen. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Evidence of sexualised behaviour, mental health issues and parents unable to cope in State system

Photographs: Bryan O’Brien

‘Irish Times’ series explores the lives of these ostracised people who are barred from work and welfare

Absenteeism is highest in the Garda and health services where between 10 and 12 days are lost per employee every year.

Absenteeism estimated to be costing the State €430 million per year

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