The HSE women’s health project, which offers general health services as well as screenings for sexually transmitted infections, a needle exchange programme and free condoms, saw 268 women last year of whom 240 were non-nationals. The largest proportion came from Brazil, followed by Romania. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A Health Service Executive (HSE) health service for women engaged in prostitution refers “about 10 women a year” to the Irish Family Planning Associat(...)

Immigrant Council of Ireland chairman John Cunningham (from left) and Sr Stanislaus Kennedy (the founder of the council) speak to Brian Killoran, who has been appointed as the council’s new chief executive. Photograph: Naoise Culhane.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland has appointed Brian Killoran as its chief executive. Mr Killoran, who has worked with the organisation for more than (...)

Chief executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) Denise Charlton. The ICI criticised Ireland’s immigration policy and how it leaves migrants ‘living in limbo’.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Failure to provide a modern and fair immigration service in Ireland is having a significant negative impact on immigrants and their families, accordin(...)

The Immigrant Council of Ireland supported 19 women and teenagers this year who had been trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Photograph: Thinkstock

Teenagers and women trafficked into Ireland for sex face “daily rapes” in brothels and are being rapidly moved around the country to meet the demand f(...)

Immigrant Council of Ireland chief executive Denise Charlton said it was the second successive year in which there had been a substantial rise in incidents reported.

The number of racist incidents reported to the Immigrant Council of Ireland has more than doubled this year. Latest figures released by the council sh(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: has abandoned moves by her predecessor, Alan Shatter, to lower the age of sexual consent from 17 to 16. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

People who pay for sex will face criminal sanction under new laws that have been approved by the Government.At its weekly meeting, the Cabinet agreed (...)

People queuing up as they wait for the Garda National Immigration Bureau to open on Burgh Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It begins shortly after 4am. Dressed in winter hats and wrapped in blankets, the first applicants arrive at the front door of the Irish Naturalisation(...)

Kate McGrew is a sex worker currently starring in a reality TV show who is against the drive to criminalise men who purchase sex. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision 4:06

Kate McGrew is not a “prostitute”. She is, she says, a sex worker. “To me the word ‘prostitute’ is used by people who look down on what I do, w(...)

Denise Charlton, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

New figures for human trafficking which appear to show a continuing decline here are “very alarming” because they don’t ring true, said the Immigrant(...)

The former US president Jimmy Carter has written to   Enda Kenny and other members of the Oireachtas urging them to back a justice committee recommendation to criminalise the buyers of sex. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

Former US president Jimmy Carter has written to the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other members of the Oireachtas urging them to adopt a recommendation to (...)