Residents in Northern Ireland will be affected by Thursday’s controversial High Court decision that applicants for citizenship must have “unbroken” residence here for a year before they apply. File photograph: Frank Miller

Some Northern Ireland residents will be affected by a High Court decision that applicants for citizenship must have “unbroken” residence here for a ye(...)

A new Immigrant Council report warns of low voter participation among migrant communities and a lack of diverse voices in the upcoming local elections. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Irish political parties must work harder to provide opportunities for people with a migrant background to get involved in politics and improve the “wo(...)

Raphael Duarte: “It’s a delicate situation. We don’t know how to approach the system.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Upstairs in a pub in central Dublin this week, a group of about 20 people sit around a table having an impassioned, but calm, discussion about a recen(...)

The Immigrant Council has indicated  its preference is for asylum seekers to be granted the right to work at six months, which is commensurate with the timescale for deciding on asylum applications. Photograph: Getty Images

A ruling by the Supreme Court that a ban on asylum seekers working is unconstitutional has been hailed as “unqualified good news” by immigrant rights (...)

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy: “Our homes should be sacred places, places of sanctuary.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government must urgently introduce hate crime laws to tackle rising numbers of racial harassment cases in housing estates across the State, the Im(...)

Calais “Jungle” migrant camp: the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has called for Ireland to take 200 of its unaccompanied refugee children. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Our refugee programme is focused on resettling refugees from camps in Greece, Italy and Lebanon and Government has advised Greece of our desire to tak(...)

Empty seats . . . but the Oireachtas has been busy, passing 253 Acts during this Government’s five-year term. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two key pieces of legislation now look certain not to have completed their passage through the Oireachtas before Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolves the 3(...)

The decision to enable logging of hate and race crimes brings Garda into line with the PSNI and other European police forces, said Immigrant Council of Ireland chief executive Brian Killoran. Photograph: Frank Miller

A Garda decision to update its Pulse computer system to allow for specific recording of crimes of hate and racism has been described as “a major step(...)

Migrants and refugees queue at a camp to be register after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland should increase its intake of refugees under relocation and resettlement schemes to 22,000, according to a report to be published on Sunday. (...)

Migrants and refugees in Serbia walk towards coaches that will take them onwards to Croatia. The Immigrant Council of Ireland has criticised Ireland’s response to the crisis. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

People’s lives are being put in danger by the failure of Ireland to introduce measures to protect the vulnerable caught up in the migrant crisis, the (...)

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