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(...)

Fr Peter McVerry, who campaigns for the homeless, said it was difficult to know why the number of destitute foreign nationals was increasing at this time. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Just days after a homeless Polish man was crushed to death in a bin he was sleeping in, it has emerged the number of destitute people from EU accessio(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter recently said, in response to parliamentary questions,  direct provision meets Ireland’s international and European humanitarian obligations. Photograph: David Sleator

T here has been a significant reduction in the number of people arriving in Ireland and claiming refugee status. The figure has gone from a high of mo(...)