Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said that a working group was examining a number of options which could improve conditions for asylum seekers. Photograph: Frank Miller /

Protesters are to mark Universal Children’s Day by a demonstration calling for the end of direct provision , which they say is inappropriate for the 1(...)

Aodhán Ó Riordáin: it is “no longer tenable for this State to deny Traveller ethnicity.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Traveller ethnicity will be “a reality” in six months, the Minister of State for Equality has said. Aodhán Ó Riordáin, speaking at an event in Dublin (...)

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. Photograph: Frank Miller /	The Irish Times

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has warned of a “sustained and deliberate” campaign of targeting public representatives and their staff over the I(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The eve of the crucial Cabinet meeting today to approve a simpler and less expensive water charge system was dominated by sharp disputes about tactics(...)

 Gordon Jeyes (left), chief executive of Tusla - the Child and Family Agency with Suzanne O’Brien, who spoke of her experience of foster care, and Aodhan O’Riordain (right), Minister for State for New Communities, in Ballymun. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

About a third of the 90 children put forward for fostering in North city Dublin in the year to date had to be housed outside the area it emerged as T(...)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said the focus was now on existing hate crime legislation and ‘the failures of the Incitement to Hatred Act’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The draft heads of a new Bill to deal with unacceptable standards of racist behaviour is due to to be presented to the Minister of State for New Commu(...)

Minister of State  for New Communities, Culture and Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin  said recent anti-Roma protests in Waterford city confirmed the need for new legislation on hate crime. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Government minister responsible for new communities has admitted he would be “terrified” if he was a member of the Roma community living in Irelan(...)

Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said it was “completely and utterly wrong to tarnish an entire community” over concerns about criminality by some after anti-Roma protests took place on Manor Street in Waterford.

Anti-Roma protests in Waterford city over the weekend have been described as “cowardly, prejudiced and racist” by Minister of State for Equality, Aodh(...)

Independent councillor and former mayor of Galway Catherine Connolly. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

“Sofa surfing” and tourist hostels are becoming the refuge for Galway’s “hidden homeless”, according to the Cope homeless and domestic violence refug(...)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD: “In most European countries they have allowed asylum seekers to work after a certain amount of time.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The current ban on work and further education for asylum seekers is to be reviewed by the new Government working group on direct provision, accordi(...)