Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it is “not realistic” to set a figure immediately on the number of refugees Ireland can take. Photograph: Getty

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it is “not realistic” to set a figure immediately on the number of refugees Ireland can take. EU justice ministers will (...)

A  Syrian migrant runs after crossing under a fence as he enters Hungary, at the border with Serbia, near Roszke, August 27th, 2015.  Photograph:  Reuters/Bernadett Szabo

In Alfonso Cuarón’s film Children of Men, set in a dystopian 2027, women can, for some mysterious reason, no longer can have babies, and societies aro(...)

 Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Third-level student grants will be available to asylum seekers for the first time from next month under changes announced by Minister for Education Ja(...)

‘Section 7(3)(c) of the Equal Status Act 2000 is a disgrace and under any circumstances should be repealed.’  Photograph: Getty Images

In Ireland we still have a piece of legislation that has the effect of segregating children at the earliest stage in their education and discriminatin(...)

Critics of direct provision will be disappointed at plans to expand the system. Photograph: Alan Betson

As many as 12 new direct provision centres are to be opened to accommodate asylum seekers, The Irish Times has learned. One centre in Co L(...)

Culture Ireland’s Showcase Programme will support artists appearing at three festivals in  Edinburgh in the coming months.

Irish artists off to Edinburgh A star-studded line-up of Irish literature and theatre will feature at festivals in Edinburgh this month with the (...)

Community Awareness of Drugs (CAD) said decriminalisation would lead to a ‘litany of problems’. Photograph: Thinkstock

Measures such as expunging minor convictions for cannabis use should be considered before decriminalisation of the drug, a community drug-education g(...)

Minister of State for the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin will bring a paper on drug use to Cabinet in the autumn. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

There was “wide consensus” at a major meeting on the national drug misuse problem that drugs across the board should be decriminalised, Minister of St(...)

Costs arise mostly from accommodation and legal fees in direct provision system. Photograph: The Irish Times

The State has spent more than €700 million in the past five years on accommodation costs and legal fees for people seeking refugee or protection statu(...)

Siphathisiwe ‘Blessings’ Moyo, who took part in the ‘Exhibit B’ installation by South African artist Brett Bailey during the Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Siphathisiwe “Blessings” Moyo has missed her sleep over the past few weeks while volunteering with the Galway International Arts Festival. That’s litt(...)