Sophie Magennis, UNHCR Ireland’s head of office, called for the length of time asylum seekers spend awaiting decisions on their asylum applications to be reduced, in order to limit the negative effects highlighted in the ‘Towards a New Beginning’ report. Photograph: Eric Luke

The length of time asylum seekers spend in State-funded accommodation is leading to dependency and disempowerment among some of those seeking protect(...)

The reduction in the number of departments was suggested during the Stormont House Agreement. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The DUP First Minister Peter Robinson has formally named the nine new departments that will replace the existing 12 Northern Executive departments in (...)

Leila Dube from Galway marching with asylum seekers, refugees and supporters during a protest about direct provision at the Department of Justice last November.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Justice-appointed working group on direct provision has been accused by a group working with asylum seekers of failing to take into (...)

New York immigrant families gather in Manhattan to reject a court order freezing President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms. Photograph: Mariano Andrade/AFP/Getty Images

The Obama administration will by Monday ask an appeals court for a temporary ruling lifting a Texas judge’s order halting the president’s orders to pr(...)

In a damning court ruling last month Mr Drumm was found to have systematically transferred assets, property and cash to his wife Lorraine (left) to hinder, delay and defraud his creditors. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm has hired one of Boston’s top white-collar criminal defence lawyers to fight his bankruptcy appeal(...)

Dublin Business School  on Aungier Street, South Great George’s Street, was bought by SW3 Capital for €10 million

The London-based SW3 Capital has added two more Dublin office investments to its portfolio. It has bought Dublin Business School (DBS) on Aungier Str(...)

US president Barack Obama meets  a group of “dreamers” – immigrants brought illegally to the US as children.A federal judge in Texas has blocked Mr Obama’s plans to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation,   claiming  the president is exceeding his legal authority.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama’s plans to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation have been blocked by a US federal judge in Texas(...)

At least one of those involved in a surrogacy arrangement would have to be a genetic parent under the proposals to be brought to Government by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.

The Cabinet has given the go-ahead for the drafting of Ireland’s first set to laws dealing with assisted human reproduction and surrogacy.Approval was(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: The surrogacy proposals are expected to include a provision that at least one of those involved has to be a genetic parent. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The State’s first set of proposed laws to deal with surrogacy are expected to be considered by Cabinet today.At least one of those involved in a surro(...)

A man has been arrested in connection with last November’s anti-water charge protest in Jobstown, Dublin.  The arrest brings to 21 the number of people detained as part of the investigation into the demonstration.

A man has been arrested in connection with last November’s anti-water charge protest in Jobstown, Dublin. The arrest brings to 21 the number of peop(...)