Catherine Day

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Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration Roderic O’Gorman has spoken of taking ‘the meanness’ out of the direct provision system, and he’s quite right – the zeal to deter applicants has produced a needlessly mean-spirited system. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

At no point since direct provision was established in 2000 have conditions been more propitious for its dismantling. A combination of public campaigni(...)

Roderic O’Gorman: ‘When you look at the dangers people are fleeing, the push factors are massive.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Roderic O’Gorman, the newly appointed Minister for Children, Disabilities, Equality and Integration, has made clear promises to sort out the State’s d(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: In his role as Eurogroup president, he can expect to be grilled on Irish tax policy. Photograph: Alan Betson

The European Commission may have lost this battle, but the war is just beginning. That was the mood in Brussels after Ireland’s victory in the Europea(...)

The president of University College Cork Professor Patrick O’Shea has announced that he will retire early at the end of this year for ‘personal reason’. Photograph: Tomás Tyner/UCC

The president of University College Cork Professor Patrick O’Shea has announced that he will retire early at the end of this year for “personal reason(...)

Protesters outside Leinster House in May call for the end of direct provision. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Responsibility for the Direct Provision system, which will be abolished by the end of the Government’s term, will transfer from the Department of Just(...)

Protesters outside Leinster House in May call for the end of direct provision. This year, direct provision will cost the State about €200 million. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

On a clear cold day in early May, onlookers peering through the gates of Leinster House could make out the figures of a handful of prominent Fianna Fá(...)

In a draft programme for government replete with ambiguities, the commitment on direct provision agreed by negotiators from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and(...)

The Skellig Star direct provision accommodation centre in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry.

The Direct Provision system will be ended within the lifetime of the next government, under a commitment outlined in the draft deal between Fianna Fái(...)

A small protest last month calling for the end of direct provision gathered outside the Dáil. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s now 21 years since the State introduced its system of direct provision for asylum seekers. Its failings were apparent almost immediately. Conditi(...)

 Catherine Day chairs an expert group set up to examine how to reform the direct provision system. Photograph: Alan Betson

An expert group set up to examine how to reform the direct provision system has said the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the “unsuitability” of the c(...)

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