Ireland has been  criticised  for ‘major failings’ in its treatment of human trafficking victims. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A dedicated accommodation centre for victims of trafficking is expected to open this autumn, more than a year after the establishment of a specialised(...)

My neighbours  do not seem to have any control recently and I really fear for their little kids. Photograph: iStock

Question: I think the possibility of domestic violence is increasing in the house next door, but I am unsure how to intervene. I live in a row of terr(...)

Salome Mbugua of Akidwa with Minister of State for Justice David Stanton. Ms Mbugua is critical of Direct Provision. File photograph: Tom Honan

In May, Akidwa, the national network of migrant women, submitted a report to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality warning that women(...)

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(...)

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