Redressing the balance: organisers of Our Table pop-up restaurant Fiona Corbett (left) and Michelle Darmody (second right) with Annet Mphahlele (second left) and Ellie Kisyombe: “This is another way of bringing in people, making friendships.” Photograph: Eric Luke

This month marks 16 years since a temporary measure for housing asylum seekers became the long-term limbo thousands of people have been channelled th(...)

Critics of direct provision will be disappointed at plans to expand the system. Photograph: Alan Betson

As many as 12 new direct provision centres are to be opened to accommodate asylum seekers, The Irish Times has learned. One centre in Co L(...)

File image of young asylum seekers accommodated  at Knockalisheen, Meelick, Co Clare.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The number of asylum seekers in the direct provision system has risen in the past year with the biggest increases in Balseskin reception centre in Dub(...)

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(...)

Asylum seekers, refugees and supporters  march to the Deptartment of Justice  protesting about the system of direct provision. Photograph: Alan Betson

The State agency responsible for accommodating asylum seekers has promised to introduce a more open and competitive tendering process as new figures (...)

Since 2000 the State has used private sector companies to provide residential accommodation for asylum seekers and refugees in centres throughout Irel(...)

Zeinab with her three children at the Athlone direct provision

The Department of Justice has pledged to continue to address issues raised by residents over their treatment at a direct provision centre in Athlone.D(...)

File image of asylum seekers, refugees and human rights supporters marching from the Dáil to The Department of Justice on Stephens Green in Dublin last year. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Over 100 asylum seekers protesting in Waterford have welcomed a decision of the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) to meet them but said they will(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Aras An Uachtarain with the Federal President of the Republic of Austria  Dr Heinz Fischer and Mrs Margit Fischer  at the start of an official visit to Ireland. Photograph: Maxwell’s

A plan to invite President Michael D Higgins to visit an accommodation centre for asylum seekers was cancelled after the Department of Justice refused(...)

Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The establishment of a new inspection regime for conditions in direct provision centres is “urgently required”, according to Minister of State for Equ(...)