The Shannon Key West hotel in the village of Rooskey was set on fire in what has been described by local gardaí as a premeditated and carefully planned attack.

Five of the 40 direct provision centres in Ireland are currently oversubscribed, the latest figures from the Department of Justice show. There are 6(...)

Minister of State  Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with a resident at the direct-provision centre at the Montague Hotel in Portlaoise. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

All asylum seekers receive a short booklet of rules when they take up residency in the direct provision system.“The Reception and Integration Agency w(...)

Minister of State for Equality and New Communities Aodhain O’Riordain is due to visit an asylum centre this morning. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A parish priest has said he will visit an asylum seeker centre this morning despite being asked not to attend. Monsignor John Byrne, the parish pries(...)

Nurse Breda Mc Evoy leaving the inquest on the death of Christopher Marianayagam who died in Portlaoise General Hospital in June 2011. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Two doctors at Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise declined to come to the aid of a patient who had collapsed in the hospital because they were n(...)

 Dieudonne: “We don’t have any transport after school, so I just head home. It’s hard. I’d like to be able to play more sport or to go to my friends’ house and play . . .” Photograph: Alan Betson

Dieudonne (11) spends most afternoons riding his bike around the car park of the old hotel.He would like to be out with his friends at school playing (...)