A family from Syria in the direct provision centre on Abbey Street in Ballyhaunis. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

A surge in the numbers of asylum seekers living in direct provision saw the fees paid to private firms operating the network of centres across the cou(...)

Cllr Michael Mulligan, Dr Martin Garvey and Micheal Frain on The Square,  Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Mick McCormack.

It has been just over a year since the first group of Syrian refugees arrived at the Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre (EROC) in Ballaghaderr(...)

 Valerie Donovan with her son Matthew (left) and Caroline Kinsella with son Sam McLeod (11 months) at the Julianstown Autism Support Group in  Meath. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth, or so the saying goes, and researchers have continuously found evidence of the heal(...)

Ballaghaderreen’s Market Square: For more than three decades the town has had a significant Muslim population. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The old hometown’s just the same. If under something of a strain. Ballaghaderreen is a welcoming place. A sign at one entrance is a reminder. It rec(...)

Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon: “It is crucial that all sides of this debate show respect to these refugees,” says local resident Debbie Beirne.  “The people themselves should never be seen as the problem.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon

“This is not some town down the sticks that is incapable of integration. We will work this, and could in six months’ time be seen as a shining light f(...)

Roscommon County Council members were informed by text message and email Thursday night that Ballaghaderreen will house 80 refugees.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Members of Roscommon County Council have been called to a special meeting of the council Friday morning after officials were informed on Thursday by (...)