Marian Hostel

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A small group of protesters gathered in Tullamore on Saturday. Photograph: Gearoid Keegan

A small group gathered in Tullamore on Saturday morning to protest against a direct provision centre. The protest, which was organised on social medi(...)

The Marian Hostel in Tullamore, which is due to become a direct provision centre for refugees and asylum seekers. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

John Cusack, the manager of the Bridge Shopping Centre in Tullamore, prides himself on neutrality. He recalls with a flicker of a smile how he recent(...)

Former Renua leader and Independent councillor John Leahy has claimed plans for a new direct-provision centre in Tullamore, Co Offaly, would discriminate against “ordinary citizens”.

The Department of Justice has denied an Offaly councillor’s claims that asylum seekers are “leapfrogging” other people on social housing lists or that(...)

The Marian Hostel was opened in 1954 by the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament to provide accommodation for young working women.

A former hostel run by nuns in Tullamore town centre, Co Offaly is to be used to house up to 168 asylum seekers. The Department of Justice confirmed (...)