It costs an average of €330 to send a child to senior infants and €735 for a child in their first year of secondary school, according to a survey. Photograph: iStock

Families living in direct provision will face “major difficulties” in meeting the back-to-school costs for their children over the coming weeks, a cam(...)

Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman said earlier this year, following the launch of the White Paper for ending direct provision in February, that his priority was to ‘move away completely’ from emergency accommodation in 2021 and 2022.  File photograph: Tom Honan

Two dozen emergency accommodation centres which currently house more than 1,300 asylum seekers are to be “decommissioned” by the end of this year, the(...)