“We cry. We are not happy like this. In school I keep thinking about this,” wrote one child. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

To have a home, to have friends over and to have their mother cook for them are among the changes children living in direct provision would like to (...)

Consensus between civil servants and campaign groups means there will be few areas of contention when the proposal is discussed by the Cabinet next week. Photograph: The Irish Times

New asylum seekers will have the right to work after nine months of seeking refugee status, a Government working group has recommended. The proposal i(...)

Leila Dube from Galway marching with asylum seekers, refugees and supporters  on Universal Children’s Day last November, protesting about the system of direct provision. Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s the details that shock: children growing up in State-sanctioned poverty without enough toys or clothes; parents buckling under the strain of ment(...)

Irish Refugee Council chief executive Sue Conlan said moves to improve access to third level for asylum-seeking students were a step in the right direction. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 1,500 asylum seekers whose refugee applications have been rejected are likely to benefit from the right to reside here under proposals being(...)

The Irish Refugee Council said important changes to the Freedom of Information Act were rushed through the Oireachtas before the Easter break without adequate time for debate.

The Irish Refugee Council has expressed its “concern” at the manner in which restrictions to the Freedom of Information Act, as it applies to bodies d(...)

Chief executive of the Irish Refugee Council Sue Conlon (second right) introduces  President Michael D Higgins to  Vera Akpotor and Abreza Mehrabi at the official opening of the Irish Refugee Council Independent Law Centre  in Dublin in 2012. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Department of Justice has described the resignation of Irish Refugee Council from the Government working group on direct provision as “regrettable(...)

Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: Government moving to prohibit discrimination against tenants in receipt of rent supplement. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 600 successful asylum seekers are unable to leave direct provision accommodation across the State due to the current housing crisis.The Depa(...)

Emerging from direct provision is only the start of a struggle towards a “new Irish” life, according to several successful asylum applicants. Photograph: The Irish Times

Galway-based Nigerian Bisola Akanni is among more than 600 people caught in a situation where she cannot leave direct provision as she cannot find a h(...)

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(...)