Minister of State  Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with a resident at the direct-provision centre at the Montague Hotel in Portlaoise. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

All asylum seekers receive a short booklet of rules when they take up residency in the direct provision system.“The Reception and Integration Agency w(...)

Waiting: asylum seekers at the Montague Hotel, in Emo, Co Laois, where many have been living for years under the direct provision system. Some residents began refusing food this week in protest about delays to their asylum applications and the conditions in which they live. Photograph: Alan Betson

Asylum seekers at an accommodation centre in the midlands have begun refusing food in protest over living conditions and delays in processing their(...)