Independent TD Michael Harty said men had been issued with letters by State agency telling them to vacate their direct provision centres within four weeks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Government agency has been accused of adding to homelessness because it is issuing eviction letters to men in direct provision who have been refused(...)

Globe House in Sligo, where the unnamed hunger striker is said to be very weak and  losing his eyesight. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dozens of people attended a rally in Sligo at the weekend to highlight the case of an Iranian asylum seeker who has been on hunger strike for 34 days (...)

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(...)