A punitive Direct Provision and Dispersal system, deliberately designed to discourage asylum seekers from coming here, brings shame on us all. The unf(...)

The Irish Refugee Council has said the new Minister for Justice had previously expressed concern in her role as Minister for Children about the welfare of young people living in direct provision.

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) says it is seriously concerned about the welfare of three young people from asylum seeking families in direct provisio(...)

Newly nominated Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald will bring the  same ‘energy, commitment and reforming  zeal to her new role’ as she when children’s minister, an Taoiseach said today. . Photograph: Frank Miller /	The Irish Times

Newly nominated Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald will bring the “same energy, commitment and reforming zeal to her new role” as wh(...)

Asylum seekers, refugees and human rights supporters protesting against direct provision last year. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Almost 60 per cent of asylum seekers in Ireland have lived under direct provision for over three years, according to a new report from the Economic an(...)

Margaretta D’Arcy. Prof Michael   O’Flaherty said that while he was not familiar with the details of the court judgment which had resulted in the three-month detention of the peace activist, he hoped that a “compassionate approach” would be taken towards someone who was “elderly and unwell”. Photograph: Eamon Ward

A leading human rights academic has said he is “surprised and disappointed” by Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton’s assertion that trade missions are “n(...)

Hand in hand: ECHR judgments bolster moves towards equal access to human rights here. photograph: getty

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) have been at the vanguard of the extension of human ri(...)

 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 (...)

Social services were alerted to 120 reports of child protection or welfare concerns during 2012 relating to children in direct provision settings

Social services have been alerted to dozens of child welfare concerns in State-funded asylum accommodation centres, such as young people displaying si(...)

 Minister for Justice Alan Shatter

The Government is to publish inspection reports into conditions at State-funded accommodation centres for asylum seekers for the first time, Minister (...)

Asylum seeker accommodation in Athlone, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Rory O’Neill

The Irish Refugee Council has called on the Government to reform the direct provision system for asylum seekers by replacing hostel-type accommodation(...)