Phathisani Nkomo, from Zimbabwe, lives with her husband in a direct provision centre in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

On the wall beside Phathisani Nkomo’s bed in the room she shares with her husband in Co Offaly, the Zimbabwean teacher keeps about two dozen multi-col(...)

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman at the publication of the White Paper on direction provision at the Department of Health in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The expertise of the Housing Agency will be “crucial” in developing a new accommodation system for asylum seekers to replace direct provision, the Min(...)

A demonstration  at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin in 2017 calling for the end to the direct provision system. Photograph: Tom Honan.

More than two decades ago, in March 2000, the Irish Government announced the launch of new accommodation system for asylum seekers called direct provi(...)

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said efforts to speed up the application process have been “seriously impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Asylum seekers are waiting nearly 18 months for their applications to be processed by the International Protection Office (IPO) despite the Governmen(...)

Some of these new modes of accommodation need to brought on stream by mid-2021 and several accommodation pilots should be set up to reflect the need for ‘urgent momentum’, notes the report. File photograph: Irish Times

Contracts for direct provision centres should no longer be renewed and all emergency accommodation centres housing asylum seekers should be closed by (...)

Minister for Children and Equality Roderic O’Gorman announced last month that a “formal system of vulnerability assessments” would start in December. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Vulnerability assessments for asylum seekers arriving into the Irish State must be implemented without delay, the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) has said(...)

RNLI Lifeboats and the Irish Refugee Council have partnered up to spread the water safety message through different languages to Ireland’s immigrant community.

A multilingual water safety campaign has launched this summer as part of efforts to ensure Ireland’s growing immigrant community is fully aware of the(...)

A direct provision centre in Newbridge, Co Kildare,  that suffered a Covid-19 outbreak earlier this year. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

All residents and staff in direct provision centres will be offered Covid-19 testing from Saturday. In a joint statement on Friday, the Department of(...)

The Bray seafront in Co Wicklow, which the  Esplanade Hotel overlooks. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Asylum seekers staying in emergency accommodation at a hotel in Bray, Co Wicklow, have been advised to restrict their movements following an outbreak (...)

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris said he hoped relaxing the criteria for educational support would result in more people accessing third-level education. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Young asylum seekers no longer have to spend three years in the Irish school system in order to qualify for educational support at third level, the Go(...)

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