Ellie Kisyombe at a   Dublin rally  calling for the end to the  direct provision system for asylum seekers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of people in direct provision in Ireland for more than five years has halved to just over 600 since last year. However there are still 4,(...)

Irish Catholic Bishop’s Conference has welcomed Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald’s new working group on direct provision but called for urgent action from the Government on the issue. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Catholic bishops have appealed for urgent action by the Government to address the direct provision system for asylum seekers. They welcomed Minister f(...)

A protest in Dublin last April by asylum seekers, refugees and supporters as part of a national day of action to end direct provision for asylum seekers. Photograph: David Sleator

Ireland has been criticised for not allowing asylum seekers to work and having one of the lowest rates of granting refugee status in the European Unio(...)