Many of the direct provision centres have been the subject of high-profile protests by residents frustrated at the conditions. Photograph: Alan Betson

It was introduced to meet the needs of vulnerable asylum seekers. But private firms, rather than those seeking refugee status, appear to have been th(...)

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 (...)

File photograph of protest against direct provision in Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator

A mother and son have lost their legal challenge to the direct provision system for asylum seekers. Despite rejecting the claims that direct provision(...)

Pako Mokoba, who has been in the direct provision system for six years, told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions, that  her life was also like that of someone living in an open prison. Image: Screengrab/Oireachtas TV.

People living in the direct provision system find the level of control exerted over their lives “degrading”, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Stephe(...)

Up to 30 residents of a second direct provision centre in Waterford have begun a protest over asylum application delays .The residents of Atlantic Hou(...)

File image of asylum seekers, refugees and human rights supporters marching from the Dáil to The Department of Justice on Stephens Green in Dublin last year. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Over 100 asylum seekers protesting in Waterford have welcomed a decision of the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) to meet them but said they will(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald at an immigration checkpoint in Dublin Airport on Tuesday. She was today challenged by asylum seekers protesting in Cork to come and see what they have had to experience for up to nine years waiting for assessment. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald was yesterday challenged by asylum seekers protesting in Cork to come and see what they have had to experience(...)

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Riordáin said some asylum seekers should be allowed work. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

Asylum seekers who spend long periods of time in the controversial direct provision system should be extended the right to work, Minister of State Ao(...)

 Alan Shatter has defended direct provision on the basis it provided a roof over the head of all asylum seekers. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

  The Government will not introduce an improved alternative to the controversial direct provision system for asylum seekers because it (...)

Asylum seeker accommodation in Athlone, Co Weatmeath: today, many of the companies providing shelter are large firms involved in the property, hospitality or catering business

It was introduced as a way of ensuring the needs of vulnerable asylum seekers would be met. But private hostel owners, rather than asylum seekers, hav(...)