Mosney reception centre for asylum seekers, in Co Meath. Photograph: Frank Miller

Official figures to be published today will show 250 people sought asylum in Ireland last month. The numbers so far this year – an average of 230 a (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has split asylum reforms from the main immigration overhaul. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government is to publish a Bill in the coming weeks that aims to speed up the asylum process and reduce the amount of time people spend in the dir(...)

Part of an FOI response from the Department of Public Expenditure concerning details of 2014 Budget discussions. The Information Commissioner said secrecy prevails in some areas of the public sector.

The Information Commissioner has criticised “bastions of secrecy” within parts of the public sector who continue to refuse access to information which(...)


Alan Shatter: had 

a strained relationship with the judiciary

The Government has introduced new procedures aimed at speeding up the processing of 3,800 asylum seekers ’ cases. Regulations came into force today th(...)

Mr Justice Colm MacEochaidh quashed refusal due to errors in how tribunal member decided he did not believe applicant. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A man who claimed he fled his native Iran fearing he would be persecuted over his gay sexual orientation and after being raped by a police officer’s s(...)

An employee distributes newspapers, with a photograph of US former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden seen on a page, at an underground walkway in central Moscow yesterday.  The headline reads: “Snowden will be nominated for Nobel”. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

In Ireland, a refugee is someone who has left their home country because of a “well-founded fear” of being persecuted and is unwilling to return to it(...)