Mr Justice Bryan McMahon said he did not see any immediate alternatives to the direct provision system. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Locals in Oughterard protesting against a direct provision centre in the town were “used” by outsiders seeking to further their own political agenda, (...)

The Mosney direct provision centre in Co Meath. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Management at the direct provision centre at Mosney in Co Meath is to contact a voluntary homeless organisation after a van delivering toys and clothe(...)

 Lucky Khambule of the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland. He says centres are increasingly doubling up the number of people placed in rooms. “There is now no space, no privacy – people don’t have anywhere to put their belongings.” File photograph: Dave Meehan

Department of Justice officials have warned there is a “chronic lack of space” to accommodate new asylum seekers in the direct provision system. The (...)

Locals  complained they had not been properly consulted by the Reception and Integration Agency, which is part of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Locals in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare, who attended a public meeting this week, have voted overwhelmingly to reject Government plans to accommodate 115 asy(...)

Data Protection Commissioner made findings against An Garda Síochána

The Data Protection Commissioner examined an allegation about the alleged misuse of CCTV in an accommodation centre, specifically in relation to remot(...)

The  restaurant in  Mosney reception centre, where a new points-based system for obtaining food has been introduced. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Residents of the direct provision centre in Mosney in Co Meath have raised concerns about the price of household goods they can “buy” under a new poin(...)

(From left) Minister of State David Stanton, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon and Ombudsman Peter Tyndall. Photograph: Bryan Brophy

Asylum seekers in the State’s 33 direct provision centres will now be able to make complaints to the Ombudsman and the Ombudsman for Children if they (...)

Chief executive of the Irish Refugee Council Sue Conlon (second right) introduces  President Michael D Higgins to  Vera Akpotor and Abreza Mehrabi at the official opening of the Irish Refugee Council Independent Law Centre  in Dublin in 2012. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Department of Justice has described the resignation of Irish Refugee Council from the Government working group on direct provision as “regrettable(...)

Ms Y, the asylum seeker who  unsuccessfully sought an abortion after arriving in Ireland, is planning legal action against a number of bodies, including the Heath Service Executive. Photograph: Getty Images

Ms Y, the asylum seeker who last summer unsuccessfully sought an abortion after arriving in Ireland pregnant as a result of alleged rape, is planning (...)

Asylum seekers: a representative for Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, said the low number of complaints was a clear indication the current complaints system was “defunct”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Just four written complaints were received by the agency responsible for asylum seekers’ accommodation needs in the first 11 months of 2014, leading t(...)

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