Liam Thornton

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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(...)

The increase in the weekly allowance for asylum seekers in direct provision came nearly six months after Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe announced that the stipend would go up. Photograph: Alan Betson

A senior Department of Justice official strongly disagreed with the proposed increase to direct provision payments in last year’s budget, documents sh(...)

 Romanians in the back of a freight truck found trying to enter the country at Rosslare Port in 1998. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

On a summer evening in 1998, officials carrying out checks on freight trucks arriving from France discovered 20 children hidden among the contents of (...)

Salome Mbugua of Akidwa with Minister of State for Justice David Stanton. Ms Mbugua is critical of Direct Provision. File photograph: Tom Honan

In May, Akidwa, the national network of migrant women, submitted a report to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality warning that women(...)

Migrants wait on the Greek side of the border to enter Macedonia, en route to northern Europe on July 20th. Photograph:  Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski

In the first six months of this year, according to UNHCR, 137,000 people have made the journey across the Mediterranean. We are unsure of how many peo(...)

Emily Logan, chief of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, who told the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, on Monday that   the  choices made by the Government since 2008 had resulted in increased poverty for adults and children, high youth unemployment and a significant increase in food poverty. Photograph: The Irish Times

Irish governments have prioritised fiscal consolidation in their budgetary policies since 2008 and disregarded the human rights implications of these(...)

“It’s about diverting some of the money from the emergency service to long-term support and secure accommodation,” Eoin O’Sullivan said. Photograph: Alan Betson.

The target to end homelessness by 2016 can be achieved if funding is diverted from expensive emergency accommodation to long-term sustainable homes, (...)

Lack of space, privacy and dignity. Direct provision shames Ireland. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The system for claiming asylum in Ireland is broken. Carl O’Brien’s reports in The Irish Times over the last few weeks shine a light on simply one of (...)

Chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Chief of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey has defended his move to chair an anti-Seanad group in the referendum campaign, saying his invo(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter recently said, in response to parliamentary questions,  direct provision meets Ireland’s international and European humanitarian obligations. Photograph: David Sleator

T here has been a significant reduction in the number of people arriving in Ireland and claiming refugee status. The figure has gone from a high of mo(...)