Irish Refugee Council chief executive Sue Conlan said moves to improve access to third level for asylum-seeking students were a step in the right direction. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 1,500 asylum seekers whose refugee applications have been rejected are likely to benefit from the right to reside here under proposals being(...)

The former Supreme Court Judge Catherine McGuinness: believes there should be an amnesty for people who have been living long term in direct provision. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

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The State pays firms about €50 million a year to provide bed and board for more than 4,000 asylum seekers. Housing in Mosney for asylum seekers (pictured). Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Private companies involved in providing accommodation for asylum seekers are highly profitable and in some cases have accumulated profits of millions (...)

Anti-deportation protest   outside the Department of Justice in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

The number of asylum seekers arriving in the Republic will increase this year for the first time in over a decade. The Irish Refugee Council sa(...)

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(...)

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The Irish Refugee Council has said the new Minister for Justice had previously expressed concern in her role as Minister for Children about the welfare of young people living in direct provision.

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) says it is seriously concerned about the welfare of three young people from asylum seeking families in direct provisio(...)

Asylum seekers, refugees and human rights supporters protesting against direct provision last year. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Almost 60 per cent of asylum seekers in Ireland have lived under direct provision for over three years, according to a new report from the Economic an(...)

Asylum seeker accommodation in Athlone, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Rory O’Neill

The Irish Refugee Council has called on the Government to reform the direct provision system for asylum seekers by replacing hostel-type accommodation(...)

Hundreds of people – typically those who have taken legal challenges against the rejection of their applications – have spent seven or more years stuck in a system which almost everyone agrees is deeply deficient.

It was originally supposed to provide shelter for just six months. Today, asylum seekers in the State’s direct provision system spend an average of th(...)