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(...)

Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The establishment of a new inspection regime for conditions in direct provision centres is “urgently required”, according to Minister of State for Equ(...)

President Michael D Higgins opens the joint offices for the Irish Refugee Council and the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland on Dame Street, Dublin. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

President Michael D Higgins has spoken of his concern for asylum seekers who experience “exclusion from full participation in society and the politica(...)

Clean living: former AIB trader John Rusnak in one of the laundries he now runs in Baltimore

For fans of extraordinary natural phenomena, Wednesday’s edition of The John Murray Show (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) provides an exciting spectacle, as(...)

A humane approach to asylum

Minister of State at the Department of Justice Aodhán O Riordáin has spoken in favour of allowing asylum seekers to work after they have been here for(...)

The Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan, has said children living in direct provision accommodation are being denied a “normal family life”.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Asylum seekers in Ireland cannot continue to live in the current system of direct provision accommodation the Minister for Education and Skills has sa(...)

The Minister for Justice is to meet asylum seekers living in a Co Limerick direct provision centre, described by the Irish Refugee Council as “one of (...)