The Government was also preparing to open mass accommodation centres, to provide immediate shelter in the event of a surge of arrivals. Photograph: WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP via Getty Images

Efforts to accommodate Ukrainian refugees will focus on hotel rooms and vacant properties offered by the public, before spare rooms in people’s homes (...)

People living in a Co Cork direct provision centre are to hold a memorial for a female resident who died there in recent days. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

People living in a Co Cork direct provision centre held a memorial for a female resident who died there in recent days. A woman’s body was found in (...)

There have been 29 reports of domestic violence, sexual violence, or harassment of asylum-seekers in direct provision to date this year, up significantly from two reports recorded in 2020.

There has been a spike in the number of reports of domestic violence or cases of harassment in direct provision centres this year to a seven-year high(...)

Child law expert Dr Geoffrey Shannon is currently conducting a review into allegations of historical child sexual abuse in St John Ambulance.

Voluntary paramedic organisation St John Ambulance has been accused in the Dáil of “closing ranks,” in response to an independent investigation into h(...)

Minister for Children and Integration Roderic O’Gorman’s department  is seeking to replace the network of direct provision centres with a new system of accommodation and supports by the end of 2024. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government should buy a number of privately-owned direct provision centres as a “priority” as it would be more “cost effective” for the State to r(...)

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman urged survivors, or others with relevant knowledge or information, to engage with Dr Geoffrey Shannon. File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has urged survivors of historical child sex abuse in St John Ambulance to come forward and contact an ongoing i(...)

The review is expected to be completed before the end of the year. File photograph: The Irish Times

St John Ambulance has been asked to further publicise details of an ongoing independent review into historical child-sexual abuse in the voluntary par(...)

Keith Lambe in Phoenix Park. The former St John Ambulance member says there were several incidents where the abuser showed up unexpectedly during first-aid duties at Dublin Zoo, to spot check cadets on their skills. Photograph:  Donall Farmer

Concerns about alleged child sexual abuse by a former senior St John Ambulance officer were an “open secret” in the paramedic organisation for years, (...)

Mick Finnegan was about 14 when he was abused by a senior figure in St John Ambulance. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Survivors have welcomed an independent review into the handling of historical child sex abuse cases in St John Ambulance, which they hope will bring “(...)

 Geoffrey Shannon, who was the government’s special rapporteur on child protection from 2006-2019, will undertake the independent review, which is expected to take a number of months. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

An independent review has been commissioned into the handling of historical child sex abuse allegations in St John Ambulance. St John Ambulance has (...)

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