Asylum seekers and human rights supporters protesting outside the Dáil against  the direct provision system earlier this year. Photograph: David Sleator

Private operators who run hostel-style accommodation for asylum seekers received €62 million from the State last year.The system has been widely criti(...)

“My daughter woke up this week and cried about how much she missed her friends at school in the Mercy in Galway,” said a former resident of Lisbrook House. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A cross-party group of Senators is lending its support to a nationwide “day of action” tomorrow to highlight the “inhumanity” of the direct pro(...)