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 (...)

Mount Trenchard direct provision centre, Limerick: it is claimed it is  “used as a centre of last resort” within the direct provision system, while  it  has been described by the Irish Refugee Council as “one of the worst in the system”.  Photograph:  Brian Gavin/Press 22 7:57

An organisation working to support the rights of migrants in the midwest has called for a centre housing asylum seekers in Limerick to be closed down,(...)

Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice whose department has responsibility for the direct provision system. Photograph: Alan Betson

There is continuing unrest in the Mount Trenchard direct provision centre outside Limerick where there have been tensions between management and resi(...)

Heidar from Iraq who has left the direct provision system and now lives with his wife and three children in rented accommodation in Athlone. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien 1:13

After five long years in the direct provision system spent waiting, hoping and praying, Heidar finally got the news he had dreamt of. His asylum ap(...)

Friends Natasha  (left) and Minahil, both 12. “When people [at secondary school] find out where we live, they’ll probably bully us . . . Natasha and I, we’re best friends. But we won’t be able to look after each other all the time.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien. 1:34

‘We have a plan,” announces Natasha, grandly, as she breaks out into a broad grin. She’s just 12 years old, but her long-term planning and attention t(...)

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(...)