Many of the direct provision centres have been the subject of high-profile protests by residents frustrated at the conditions. Photograph: Alan Betson

It was introduced to meet the needs of vulnerable asylum seekers. But private firms, rather than those seeking refugee status, appear to have been th(...)

The State pays firms about €50 million a year to provide bed and board for more than 4,000 asylum seekers. Housing in Mosney for asylum seekers (pictured). Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Private companies involved in providing accommodation for asylum seekers are highly profitable and in some cases have accumulated profits of millions (...)

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly will chair the meeting to “brainstorm” on alleviating homelessness in the short, medium and long term. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An all-day summit on how to alleviate the pressures of homelessness in the Dublin region will take place today.Minister for the Environment Alan Kell(...)

Minister  for Children James Reilly: ‘We must learn lessons from the examination of serious incidents or deaths relating to children who receive care.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State’s social services watchdog will have a new role overseeing reports into deaths or serious incidents involving children in contact with the c(...)

The area where Mr Corrie died just metres from Leinster House. He had struggled with alcohol and drug addiction. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins 2:50

Dublin’s homeless authority says repeated offers of accommodation were made to Jonathan Corrie, the rough sleeper who died just yards from Leinster Ho(...)

A man walks past flowers left near Leinster House in Dublin, where a man was found dead this morning. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire 2:50

Homeless groups have warned of grave risks facing rough sleepers following the death of a homeless man a short distance from Leinster House in Dublin.(...)

These maps are part of an All-Island Atlas project by AIRO and ICLRD. Data source: Central Statistics Office and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Reseach Centre.

The affluence and deprivation index is used by policymakers to help guide where health centres should be built, where bus routes are needed, or where(...)

Northern Ireland is   better off than the Republic according to a report which has mapped affluence and deprivation across the entire island

Northern Ireland is significantly better off than the Republic, according to a new index, which has mapped affluence and deprivation across the ent(...)

Special rapporteur on child protection Dr Geoffrey Shannon: Sweeping reforms are needed following controversies such as the removal of two Roma children from their homes last year

A Government report is to recommend a major overhaul of the child protection system to help prevent vulnerable children from being failed by the Stat(...)

Legislation was introduced in the 1950s which provided the legal basis to adoption for the first time. Photograph:  Getty Images/Comstock Images

There are more than 6,000 children in the State care system, but adoption is rarely seen as an option. Legal obstacles mean it is not a realistic opti(...)