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(...)

Deceptively amiable: Cormac Ó hEadhra

Already an overcrowded bear pit of gratuitous shock jocks and unhinged guests, the world of late-night talk radio has a new arrival to stir things (...)

Minister of State for Equality, New Communities and Culture Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said he as ‘never pretended to stand over the system’ of direct provision. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The need for reform of the State’s direct provision system is “as urgent as it could possibly be”, Minister of State for Equality, New Communities and(...)

Mr Justice Bryan McMahon, chair of the working group set up to examine what improvements should be made to the State’s existing direct provision system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Members of the working group set up to examine what improvements should be made to the State’s existing direct provision system have been announced as(...)

Up to 30 residents of a second direct provision centre in Waterford have begun a protest over asylum application delays .The residents of Atlantic Hou(...)

File photograph of asylum seekers protesting against the direct provision system in Dublin last year. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Some 160 asylum seekers at a direction provision centre in Waterford have begun a protest this morning against conditions at the centre and the entire(...)

Clare Daly: said the law purported to protect religions from blasphemy but it was actually encouraging division

Independent TD Clare Daly described the recital of a prayer at the beginning of Dáil business as “offensive’’.She said she did not think it had a plac(...)

Former Justice Bryan McMahon, presiding officer at citizenship ceremonies, will chair a new  working group on direct provision for asylum seekers. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The Government has appointed a former High Court judge to chair its working group on direct provision for asylum seekers.Former Justice Bryan McMahon,(...)

Financially troubled Protestant schools are to benefit from an increase of almost 4 per cent in a special grant for low-income students, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivanhas said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Financially troubled Protestant schools are to benefit from an increase of almost 4 per cent in a special grant for low-income students.The Protestant(...)

 Asylum-seeker residents earlier this month at the Montague Hotel,  Portlaoise protesting about  conditions in which they live under the direct provision system. Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has reiterated his criticism of direct provision and said he wanted to change the system rather than make excuses for it.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has called on those with what he called right-wing views on direct provision and the asylum process t(...)