Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “If applicants co-operate with the process, some will have decisions in weeks and the rest within six months. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A decision on refugee status for asylum seekers could be reduced to weeks under legislation due to be enacted next spring, Minister for Justice France(...)

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

Protests by asylum seekers in the State’s direct provision system are spreading as residents in a fifth centre in just over a week demonstrated ove(...)

Senator Ronan Mullen with asylum seekers Maurice Kiesse, Patricia Murambinda and Gerald Musekiwa before his Private Members’ motion in the Seanad. Photograph: Alan Betson 3:03

Internal Government briefing material claims any alternative to the direct provision system for asylum seekers may result in a “pull factor” for those(...)

Exterior of Eglinton Hostel Direct Provision centre in Salthill Galway. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Politicians finally appear to be coalescing around the idea that “something must be done” about the more scandalous aspects of Ireland’s direct provis(...)

A humane approach to asylum

Minister of State at the Department of Justice Aodhán O Riordáin has spoken in favour of allowing asylum seekers to work after they have been here for(...)

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Riordáin said some asylum seekers should be allowed work. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

Asylum seekers who spend long periods of time in the controversial direct provision system should be extended the right to work, Minister of State Ao(...)

The Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan, has said children living in direct provision accommodation are being denied a “normal family life”.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Asylum seekers in Ireland cannot continue to live in the current system of direct provision accommodation the Minister for Education and Skills has sa(...)

Asylum seekers residents at the Montague Hotel, in Portlaoise protesting about the length of time and the conditions in which they live under the direct provision system. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Up to 300 residents of a direct provision centre for asylum seekers in Cork yesterday mounted a protest at the system of direct provision.Residents a(...)

 Sharon Papo (right) and Amber Weiss walk through San Francisco City Hall after exchanging wedding vows  on  June 17th, 2008. File photograph: Erin Siegal/Reuters

The Government is making arrangements to proceed legislatively in the event that the marriage equality referendum is passed in the spring, Minister fo(...)

Lucinda Creighton was among a number of TDs and senators who resigned from the Fine Gael parlimentary party over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

Ireland’s troubled relationship with the contentious issue of abortion looks set to outlive the current Government.Senior Coalition figures have made (...)