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So-called baby rooms are often uneconomical to run because of the carer-child ratios required for the care of very young children. Photograph: iStock

A group of 20 TDs have called on the Government to extend maternity leave benefits for women who were on maternity leave at the height of lockdown mea(...)

A local group criticised the Minister for failing to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the Skellig Star hotel before opening to  asylum seekers. Photograph: Alan Landers

The Department of Justice has revealed an asylum seeker was placed in self-isolation days after arriving at the Cahersiveen direct provision centre i(...)

A small protest last month calling for the end of direct provision gathered outside the Dáil. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s now 21 years since the State introduced its system of direct provision for asylum seekers. Its failings were apparent almost immediately. Conditi(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan told RTÉ’s This Week programme “I’m not happy” with the direct provision system. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There will be a “root-and-branch transformation” of the direct provision system of housing for asylum seekers which will ultimately lead to its ending(...)

 Catherine Day chairs an expert group set up to examine how to reform the direct provision system. Photograph: Alan Betson

An expert group set up to examine how to reform the direct provision system has said the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the “unsuitability” of the c(...)

Green deputy leader Catherine Martin must decide by this weekend if she will challenge Eamon Ryan for the leadership. Photograph: Eric Luke

Time is getting tight for negotiators from the Green Party, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil trying to put together a programme for government, with politica(...)

In 2019, paternity benefit  was paid to 3.1 men per 100 employees, a slight increase on the 2018 rate of 2.9. File photograph: Getty Images

Almost half of fathers entitled to paternity benefit in 2018 did not take it according to new data released by the Central Statistics Office. In its (...)

Because the volunteers at Mountjoy  are prisoners themselves, they have a much better chance than staff of getting through to the men they are doing time alongside

“Our regime has been changed quite dramatically,” says “Ronny”, one of 677 prisoners in Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison of life in jail during the Covid-19 l(...)

 Members of the Garda at a checkpoint in  Dublin. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed charges against only a quarter of those suspected of breaching the coronavirus movement restric(...)

Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan: Situation will continue to be under review. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

English language students who are stuck in Ireland because of Covid-19 will be allowed to remain as long as they re-enrol in an online course of study(...)

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