Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: has ruled out providing employment rights for asylum seekers or an amnesty for those in the system. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Asylum-seeking families should be moved out of the direct provision system and allowed to access self-catering accommodation as soon as possible, the (...)

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

The establishment of a new inspection regime for conditions in direct provision centres is “urgently required”, according to Minister of State for Equ(...)

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,(...)

Meath’s Michael Newman rounds goalkeeper Pat Coady of Carlow to score his side’s sixth goal in the Leinster quarter-final at Dr Cullen Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meath 7-13 Carlow 0-6Not so long ago Anthony Rainbow discovered that Brendan Murphy, by some distance Carlow’s best footballer, so good he was recruit(...)

Carlow’s Darragh Foley claims the high ball ahead of and meath’s Shane O’Rourke during the Leinster SFC quarter-final clash  at  Dr Cullen Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Carlow 0-6 Meath 7-13 A horror show for Carlow on their own patch. So low were confidence levels by the finish that a streaker was allowed run the len(...)

Dublin’s Cormac Costello lined out for the senior team against Mayo on Saturday at Croke Park. photograph: Inpho

After all of the squabbling over the venue for the final, Dublin and Meath make their way to Portlaoise for this (...)

Lissadell House: A local action group had no success in persuading the State to buy the house. Photograph: Alan Betson

Lissadell had been the home of the Gore-Booth family from the 16th century. It is on the coast overlooking the sea between Sligo town and Raghley Head(...)

It has been suggested that the Irish quarrel about land more often than anyone else in the common law world. As a national pastime it certainly ranks (...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan: “I'm really heartened by the positivity of artists towards this proposal.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Artists and arts organisations in receipt of taxpayers' money will be asked to give time to local schools. The public s(...)