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(...)

The former Supreme Court Judge Catherine McGuinness: believes there should be an amnesty for people who have been living long term in direct provision. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

  Ireland needs to “learn lessons” from the situation of isolated communities living in France, retired Supreme Court judge Catherine McGu(...)

A number of the Nigerians on the failed deportation flight from Ireland in December 2010 gave recorded testimonies to the Irish Refugee Council, copie(...)

Mohamed Sleyum Ali after an alleged attack when he arrived  in Tanzania Mohamed Sleyum Ali after an alleged attack when he arrived in Tanzania

Mohamed Sleyum Ali must have known his luck was running out when the car in which he was travelling was stopped by gardaí in Dublin.Although he was no(...)

  Italian Coast Guard operation to rescue 194 Syrian refugees in the Mediterranean    on  December 19th. Photograph: EPA/Italian Coast Guard

The number of foreign nationals making asylum claims after arriving in the Republic is on course to increase by almost 50 per cent by the end of the y(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

Judge Alan Mahon: chaired planning tribunal from 2003-2012. Photograph: Frank Miller

The judge who led the planning tribunal is to be promoted to the Court of Appeal after the Cabinet filled seven key judicial vacancies. Circuit Court(...)

Anti-deportation protest   outside the Department of Justice in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

The number of asylum seekers arriving in the Republic will increase this year for the first time in over a decade. The Irish Refugee Council sa(...)

Mr Justice Bryan McMahon, chair of the working group set up to examine what improvements should be made to the State’s existing direct provision system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Members of the working group set up to examine what improvements should be made to the State’s existing direct provision system have been announced as(...)