The Irish Deaf Society is calling for the recognition of Irish Sign Language as an official language. Photograph: Thinkstock

Minister for Children James Reilly was challenged on his knowledge of child poverty rates at a United Nations committee today. Addressing the UN Com(...)

A migrant woman and a toddler wait for a bus at a transit camp in the southern Serbian town of Presevo on January 9th, 2016. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Refugees entering Ireland are subjected to robust screening, Tánaiste Joan Burton has insisted. The State has committed to accepting 4,000 refugees o(...)

L-R: Louise Bruton, Alan O’Neill, Ellie Kisyombe, Lynn Ruane. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lynn Ruane Student and equality activism Ruane rose to prominence when she was elected president of Trinity College Students Union in February 2015. (...)

Frances Fitzgerald: bill has delivered on Government’s commitment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill  Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

A Bill to create a single procedure for asylum applications has failed to incorporate a single amendment recommended by the working group established (...)

Some NGOs working with asylum-seekers and migrants,  have already said the Bill is rushed and called for it to be withdrawn to give more time for debate.  Photograph: David Sleator

Serious concerns have been expressed by the Law Society of Ireland about new legislation that will limit the rights of asylum-seekers and refugees to (...)

The centre for asylum seekers in Mosney, Co Meath. Applications are up as deportations fall. Photograph:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The number of asylum claims is set to almost treble by the end of the year, with applications from Pakistani and Bangladesh nationals accounting for m(...)

Syrian refugees walk along the Istanbul-Edirne highway in an attempt to cross the Turkish-Greek border in Edirne, a city in the west of Turkey. Photograph: Cem Turkel/EPA

Aid agencies have criticised European ministers for failing to reach an agreement on a relocation scheme for refugees, calling on the EU to replace sm(...)

Minister Frances Fitzgerald:   the Department of Justice said the refugees would only be in the centres for a number of weeks. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The plan to accommodate 3,500 of the more than 4,000 expected refugees and asylum seekers in direct provision centres is “inhumane”, according to NG(...)

Refugees walk towards  a ferry at the port in Mytilini on September 9th, 2015 in Lesbos, Greece. Photograph:  Eric Thayer/Getty Images

Last Sunday, on a mountain road on the Greek island of Lesbos, we saw hundreds of people walking in the heat – groups of men, young couples, families (...)

 Motasem (left) from Syria and Edel McGinley of the Migrant Rights Centre  at the NGO Coalition meeting about the refugee crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Refugees and migrants accepted into Ireland as part of the European Union’s resettlement efforts risk ending up in direct provision centres, warned th(...)