Donnah Sibanda Vuma will receive an apology from the contractor which runs the Knockalisheen accommodation centre in Co Clare following the incident on Wednesday night. Photograph via Facebook

The Department of Justice has said the refusal by staff at a direct provision centre to give food to an asylum-seeking mother for her sick child was “(...)

New Irish citizens: participants at one of Monday’s three ceremonies at Killarney Convention Centre. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

A language test for citizenship applicants is under consideration in order to improve immigrants’ integration into Irish society, a senior Department (...)

Ellie Kisyombe from Dublin at a rally in the capital last year calling for an end to the direct provision system for asylum seekers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The treatment of asylum seekers by successive governments has been shameful: thousands of vulnerable people were sent to direct provision centres; the(...)

Siphathisiwe ‘Blessings’ Moyo, who took part in the ‘Exhibit B’ installation by South African artist Brett Bailey during the Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Siphathisiwe “Blessings” Moyo has missed her sleep over the past few weeks while volunteering with the Galway International Arts Festival. That’s litt(...)

No excuse for delay

Those who suggest that reform of the direct provision system for asylum seekers should be delayed until a clear picture emerges of the likely impact o(...)

Leila Dube from Galway marching with asylum seekers, refugees and supporters during a protest about direct provision at the Department of Justice last November.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Justice-appointed working group on direct provision has been accused by a group working with asylum seekers of failing to take into (...)

Pádraig MacLochlainn TD, chairman (front), and Derek Nolan TD, vice chairman, Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions, visiting  the Great Western House direct provision centre in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Ombudsman’s jurisdiction should be extended to the direct provision system for asylum seekers, an Oireachtas committee delegation has said.Adminis(...)

New citizen Maria Guaman from Ecuador at the citizenship ceremony in UCC. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Ireland is a place of diversity and openness where limitless possibilities exist for new arrivals, said Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald as she(...)

Minister of State for Equality, New Communities and Culture Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said he as ‘never pretended to stand over the system’ of direct provision. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The need for reform of the State’s direct provision system is “as urgent as it could possibly be”, Minister of State for Equality, New Communities and(...)

Mr Justice Bryan McMahon, chair of the working group set up to examine what improvements should be made to the State’s existing direct provision system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Members of the working group set up to examine what improvements should be made to the State’s existing direct provision system have been announced as(...)

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