Pádraig MacLochlainn TD, chairman (front), and Derek Nolan TD, vice chairman, Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions, visiting  the Great Western House direct provision centre in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Ombudsman’s jurisdiction should be extended to the direct provision system for asylum seekers, an Oireachtas committee delegation has said.Adminis(...)

Asylum seekers: a representative for Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, said the low number of complaints was a clear indication the current complaints system was “defunct”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Just four written complaints were received by the agency responsible for asylum seekers’ accommodation needs in the first 11 months of 2014, leading t(...)

A group of asylum seekers have said they were protesting over delays in the processing of their asylum status, and also complained about conditions at their accommodation centre. File photograph: Getty Images

A group of protesting asylum seekers who claimed to be on hunger strike at an accommodation centre in Co Limerick have been transferred to other asylu(...)

Roma parents Loreda and Iancu with their two children Regina and Iancu junior (2), who was taken into care earlier this week.

It started with an anonymous message to TV3’s Paul Connolly Investigates web page last Monday containing a disturbing allegation: a Roma family appear(...)

 Migrant Workers in Ireland at a Migrant Rights Centre Ireland press conference in Dublin last March. Photograph: Alan Betson

Frontline social welfare staff need to be trained to know what benefits and supports migrants are entitled to, a group working with migrants ha(...)

“My daughter woke up this week and cried about how much she missed her friends at school in the Mercy in Galway,” said a former resident of Lisbrook House. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A cross-party group of Senators is lending its support to a nationwide “day of action” tomorrow to highlight the “inhumanity” of the direct pro(...)