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(...)

Mosney reception centre for asylum seekers, in Co Meath. Photograph: Frank Miller

Official figures to be published today will show 250 people sought asylum in Ireland last month. The numbers so far this year – an average of 230 a (...)

Consensus between civil servants and campaign groups means there will be few areas of contention when the proposal is discussed by the Cabinet next week. Photograph: The Irish Times

New asylum seekers will have the right to work after nine months of seeking refugee status, a Government working group has recommended. The proposal i(...)

 Minister of State  for Justice and Equality  Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: said the department was considering the ruling. In the meantime,  the “ball was back in the Government’s court” in terms of tackling deficiencies in the system.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A new working group which is reviewing the State’s handling of asylum seekers offers the possibility of creating a more humane system, Minister of Sta(...)