The centre for asylum seekers in Mosney, Co Meath. Applications are up as deportations fall. Photograph:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The number of asylum claims is set to almost treble by the end of the year, with applications from Pakistani and Bangladesh nationals accounting for m(...)

Syrian refugees walk along the Istanbul-Edirne highway in an attempt to cross the Turkish-Greek border in Edirne, a city in the west of Turkey. Photograph: Cem Turkel/EPA

Aid agencies have criticised European ministers for failing to reach an agreement on a relocation scheme for refugees, calling on the EU to replace sm(...)

The Irish Refugee Council said important changes to the Freedom of Information Act were rushed through the Oireachtas before the Easter break without adequate time for debate.

The Irish Refugee Council has expressed its “concern” at the manner in which restrictions to the Freedom of Information Act, as it applies to bodies d(...)

Chief executive of the Irish Refugee Council Sue Conlon (second right) introduces  President Michael D Higgins to  Vera Akpotor and Abreza Mehrabi at the official opening of the Irish Refugee Council Independent Law Centre  in Dublin in 2012. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Department of Justice has described the resignation of Irish Refugee Council from the Government working group on direct provision as “regrettable(...)

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(...)

Asylum seekers, refugees and human rights supporters march from the Dáil to the Department of Justice in Dublin yesterday to protest as part of a national day of action to end direct-provision living for asylum seekers. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Government will end up apologising for the damage done to children living in centres for asylum seekers, retired Supreme Court judge Catherine (...)