East End Hotel in Portarlington, Co Laois: residents have consistently made allegations about overcrowding there.  Photograph: Collins

The Department of Justice approved the placement of 10 beds in one room in a hotel at the centre of a controversy over the alleged overcrowding of asy(...)

Airlines have  been made aware by gardaí that they will be forced to find room on return flights for any foreign nationals they bring to Ireland who are found not to have the correct travel documents when they arrive in Dublin. File photograph: Kate Geraghty

The drop in the number of Albanians and Georgians applying for international protection in October is part of a concerted drive to discourage people (...)

Heidi Holden, Nick Henderson and Katie Mannion of the Irish Refugee Council. ‘It is not easy to spend a whole day immersing yourself in a story of persecution and suffering,’ says Ms Holden, a case worker. Photograph: Tom Honan

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) is seeking funding to offer supports to workers dealing with the traumatic experiences of asylum seekers arriving in I(...)

Mavis Ramazani, originally from South Africa, has described the guilt she felt as a mother raising her daughter in direct provision.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

On Saturday, October 5th, 2019 Mavis Ramazani stood on the stage of Dublin’s Liberty Hall and described in detail the guilt she felt as a mother raisi(...)

 Romanians in the back of a freight truck found trying to enter the country at Rosslare Port in 1998. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

On a summer evening in 1998, officials carrying out checks on freight trucks arriving from France discovered 20 children hidden among the contents of (...)

Direct provision: Pierrot Ngadi, one of the first people to go through the system. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

THE FIRST PART OF A MAJOR IRISH TIMES SERIES INVESTIGATES THE ORIGINS AND CURRENT REALITIES OF IRELAND’S OFTEN CONTENTIOUS METHOD OF HOUSING ASYLUM(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said there were ‘a lot of people from Georgia and Albania coming in with fake documents and that is a big driver of the increase’ in asylum applications. File image: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Comments made by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar about illegal immigration have been described as “very dangerous” by a migrant rights group. Mr Varadkar was (...)

Some of the people taking part in the silent protest walk in Oughterard on Saturday against a direct provision centre at the former Connemara Gateway Hotel. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

On Tuesday morning, following weeks of protests in Oughterard, the developer of the former Connemara Gateway Hotel announced he had withdrawn his tend(...)

Direct-provision protest: silent demonstration walking from Oughterard to the former Connemara Gateway Hotel last Saturday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Recent years have seen objections to the opening of direct-provision centres in a number of Irish towns. We visit three of those towns: Roosky, in Co (...)

Irish Naval Service personnel helping migrants at sea in the southern Mediterranean between Italy and Libya. Photograph: Defence Forces

The Government should launch a new Mediterranean search-and-rescue mission and commit to accepting an additional 1,500 refugees per annum over the nex(...)

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