A protest against the manner of a Government move to accomodate asylum seekers at the Achill Head Hotel has been going on for the last few weeks. Photograph: Conor McKeown

protests continue against the acceptance of asylum seekers on Achill Island – where the taxpayer continues to pay sizeable accommodation costs to a(...)

In January 2000, Fianna Fáil’s minister for justice John O’Donoghue was on the verge of bringing policy suggestions to Cabinet. His steerage of the issue had been attacked as a ‘shambles’ by the Progressive Democrats, the junior partner in government. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

At the turn of the century as asylum applications in Ireland were escalating faster than officials could keep up, the government was scrambling to fin(...)

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(...)

 Aleksander Kurowski: he  worked for a decade as a cleaner and then in a laundry before  ending up in a homeless hostel.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Aleksander Kurowski (41), a Pole, spent 12 years working in Ireland before he fell ill in January last year, requiring emergency bowel surgery. His i(...)

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall is to tell an Oireachtas committee he is precluded from examining complaints about the asylum process itself. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall, wants increased powers to inspect how asylum applications are assessed by the Minister for Justice. Mr Tyndall will to(...)

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 (...)

The Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville following the arson attack last November. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

An estimated €108,000 in State funding has been spent since January on security services at an empty hotel in Co Donegal earmarked to open as a direct(...)

Government should not continue to rely on volunteers to wash clothes for families in emergency accommodation, says Doras Luimní. Photograph: iStock

The State should not continue to rely on volunteers to wash clothes for asylum-seeking families in emergency accommodation, a Limerick human rights gr(...)

In the current year spending is set to reach €120 million on direction provision and related accommodation and ancillary services; up from €78 million last year and almost double the €67 million spent two years ago. Photograph:iStock

Arson attacks on accommodation earmarked for direct provision centres has “possibly” made many owners reluctant to offer their properties, an expendit(...)

An asylum seeker from a country regarded as safe is much less likely to be granted leave to remain in the State. Photograph: Frank Miller

The number of people seeking asylum in the State increased by more than one third in the first six months of the year when compared to 2018, a period (...)

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