Lisdoonvarna

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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(...)

Exterior of Eglinton Hostel direct provision centre in Salthill Galway. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A number of commercial hotels in the east of the country are being used as temporary direct provision centres to meet the rise in demand for accommoda(...)

O’Donnabháin’s, Kenmare, Co Kerry: locally-sourced food makes for a  crowd-pleasing menu

Ireland experienced something of an epidemic of magnolia-lacquered hotel development in the era post-economic apocalypse, with hallmark features like (...)

Babor Hussain Bangladesh: “I found the local people to be very friendly towards me.” Photograph: Eamon Ward

Babor Hussain, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi, was on a bus with 29 other asylum seekers in April heading west out of Dublin towards Lisdoonvarna – a small(...)

 Local sourcing, innovation and value are the cornerstones of a new scheme designed to improve food in Irish pubs.  Photograph: Emma Jervis

Fáilte Ireland and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) are joining forces to improve the range and quality of food on sale in Irish pubs. The “Gr(...)

Woodview, Tinahely, Co Wicklow

What: Woodview, Tinahely, Co Wicklow see myhome.ie How much: €299,000 Why: Artist Gillian Deeney had passed by this pretty cottage near Tinahely man(...)

 Grace Allen and Emma Ireland from Ballymena enjoying Good Friday drinks in The Auld Dubliner in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

“See that rain? God’s tears,” said a man standing outside the Palace in Temple Bar with a pint of stout in one hand and a cigarette in the other on th(...)

A sign stuck to the door of the King Thomond Hotel, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

A sense of unease could be detected among locals in Lisdoonvarna this week ahead of the arrival on Monday of the first group of asylum seekers to be a(...)

Protesters attending a national demonstration calling for the end to the Direct Provision System last year. Photograph:  Tom Honan.

Private firms operating the network of direct provision centres for asylum seekers and refugees across the State were last year paid more than €50 mil(...)

Locals  complained they had not been properly consulted by the Reception and Integration Agency, which is part of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Locals in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare, who attended a public meeting this week, have voted overwhelmingly to reject Government plans to accommodate 115 asy(...)

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