Empty seats . . . but the Oireachtas has been busy, passing 253 Acts during this Government’s five-year term. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two key pieces of legislation now look certain not to have completed their passage through the Oireachtas before Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolves the 3(...)

The decision to enable logging of hate and race crimes brings Garda into line with the PSNI and other European police forces, said Immigrant Council of Ireland chief executive Brian Killoran. Photograph: Frank Miller

A Garda decision to update its Pulse computer system to allow for specific recording of crimes of hate and racism has been described as “a major step(...)

Migrants and refugees queue at a camp to be register after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland should increase its intake of refugees under relocation and resettlement schemes to 22,000, according to a report to be published on Sunday. (...)

Migrants and refugees in Serbia walk towards coaches that will take them onwards to Croatia. The Immigrant Council of Ireland has criticised Ireland’s response to the crisis. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

People’s lives are being put in danger by the failure of Ireland to introduce measures to protect the vulnerable caught up in the migrant crisis, the (...)

The delay means the process of bringing in new laws covering many areas will not come into effect as early as hoped. Photograph: Getty Images

A delay in publishing the Bill to criminalise buying sexual services is “disappointing” and “regrettable” said rights groups. It had been anticipated (...)

Pimps and prostitutes are moving into the border counties as a crackdown on the sex trade in Northern Ireland comes into force, campaigners have warned. File photograph: Paul Barker/PA

Pimps and prostitutes are moving into the Border counties as a crackdown on the sex trade in Northern Ireland comes into force, campaigners have wa(...)

People queuing up as they wait for the Garda National Immigration Bureau to open on Burgh Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It begins shortly after 4am. Dressed in winter hats and wrapped in blankets, the first applicants arrive at the front door of the Irish Naturalisation(...)

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny: “My Government colleagues and I are determined that such events will never happen again.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

and Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday apologised to the Roma families whose children were taken into care last year amid fears they had been abducted.“(...)

Supporters of the Turn Off the Red Light campaign at a demonstration outside Leinster House last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Feminists and religious fundamentalists shouldn’t mix. If they do find common cause, it’s often a sign that one-dimensional moral or ideological fanat(...)

Nusha Yonkova, anti-trafficking co-ordinator of the Immigrant Council said: “
As a frontline organisation 
The Immigrant Council has assisted 50 victims of sex-trafficking
,
. All tell a similar story of being tricked into coming to Ireland with promises of a new life only for reality to dawn when they meet their pimp in the arrivals hall at our airports. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

Irish airline crews, airport ground staff, port staff and other transport workers are to be offered training to spot victims of trafficking under a pi(...)