Shannon Key West hotel in Rooskey on the Leitrim-Roscommon border, which was damaged by fire on Thursday night. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said he is “deeply concerned” following a fire at a former hotel on the Leitrim-Roscommon border that was to(...)

Dr Bryan McMahon, who is the chairman of the Working Group on the Protection Process and Direct Provision. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Long delays in the asylum process must end and asylum seekers should have greater access to education and employment if the State wants to create a “g(...)

The damage to the Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville, Co Donegal, where a fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday  morning. Photogaph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

The Co Donegal hotel owner whose premises was to be used as a direct provision centre had suffered several threats before it was firebombed last weeke(...)

A family from Syria at a direct provision centre in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. The most recent figures  shows in April there were 4,617 asylum seekers in the 32 direct provision centres across the State. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

So, finally, the Department of Justice is to grapple with the thorny issue of allowing asylum seekers to work. Despite repeated admonishment from th(...)

The coroner for Cork City said the evidence about the death of the Korean woman did not suggest that she was planning to end her life. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

No one could have foreseen that a 36-year-old asylum seeker was going to take her own life on the day she died in her hostel accommodation, an inquest(...)

Redressing the balance: organisers of Our Table pop-up restaurant Fiona Corbett (left) and Michelle Darmody (second right) with Annet Mphahlele (second left) and Ellie Kisyombe: “This is another way of bringing in people, making friendships.” Photograph: Eric Luke

This month marks 16 years since a temporary measure for housing asylum seekers became the long-term limbo thousands of people have been channelled th(...)

Migrants wait on the Greek side of the border to enter Macedonia, en route to northern Europe on July 20th. Photograph:  Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski

In the first six months of this year, according to UNHCR, 137,000 people have made the journey across the Mediterranean. We are unsure of how many peo(...)

Four options on increasing the weekly allowance paid to asylum seekers have been considered by the working group. Photograph: The Irish Times

Weekly welfare payments to asylum seekers should be more than doubled, a report on reform of the asylum system will recommend. The report, by a workin(...)

Many of the direct provision centres have been the subject of high-profile protests by residents frustrated at the conditions. Photograph: Alan Betson

It was introduced to meet the needs of vulnerable asylum seekers. But private firms, rather than those seeking refugee status, appear to have been th(...)

The State pays firms about €50 million a year to provide bed and board for more than 4,000 asylum seekers. Housing in Mosney for asylum seekers (pictured). Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Private companies involved in providing accommodation for asylum seekers are highly profitable and in some cases have accumulated profits of millions (...)

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