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 (...)

Vincent Browne: “Oh, dear God, I couldn’t get out, I COULDN’T GET OUT!  What happened to Joan Burton is nothing compared to that stuff in there.”    Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

We were only over the shock of the Tánaiste’s ordeal in Tallaght when news landed of yet another atrocity visited upon a defenceless citizen going abo(...)

Chief equality commissioner Emily Logan: “The case highlights that discrimination continues to be experienced by Travellers.” Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A Traveller family who were refused access to a funeral home to wake their son have been awarded maximum compensation of €6,384 by the Equality Tribun(...)

Emily Logan  took over as  chief commissioner designate of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission last week. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The newly-appointed head of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said the organisation has concerns about the lack of an independent ins(...)

Outgoing Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Children will be consulted about the appointment of a new Ombudsman for Children when current Ombudsman Emily Logan finishes in the job on October 1st(...)

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 for Children James Reilly has been urged to address the lack of social workers in the State.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister for Children James Reilly has been urged to address the lack of social workers in the State. The Irish Times today reported that more than 9,(...)

Latest figures show that some 9,000 reports of suspected abuse, neglect or welfare concerns for children – 3,500 of which are classified as “high priority cases” – are waiting to be allocated a social worker

After years of rhetoric by the State over cherishing the children of the nation, the Government has moved over recent years to introduce concrete meas(...)

Ombudsman for children Emily Logan has said the treatment of children living in direct provision centres for asylum seekers is an issue of ongoing con(...)

Sinéad Gibney, the social action manager at Google, has been appointed  director of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

The head of Google’s social action division has been appointed director-designate of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Sinéad Gibney wi(...)