Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. ‘Access to Citizenship and its Impact on Immigrant Integration’ found that the Minister for Justice had absolute discretion in granting citizenship, which led to a lack of transparency of conditions and unequal treatment of applicants. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Long, discretionary and costly procedures discourage many eligible immigrants from becoming Irish citizens, a study examining how European states regu(...)

Immigrants outside Mosney in 2010. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Online “hate” accounts for more than 10 per cent of racism cases reported to the Immigrant Council of Ireland.Figures released by the council to coinc(...)

Women on their way into the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality earleir this year. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A law criminalising payment for sex through prostitution has been recommended by the Oireachtas Committee on Justice.The report on Review of the Legis(...)

Sex crime? ‘While the elimination of prostitution is a far-fetched ideal, minimisation of harm for those engaged in prostitution is practical, achievable and long overdue in Ireland,’ according to a study. Photograph: Thinkstock

The Department of Justice says that although human trafficking and prostitution sometimes overlap, “human trafficking and prostitution a(...)

Most recent figures show almost one in four of the 134 people trafficked into Ireland for sexual exploitation in recent years were children. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A new campaign to highlight how young girls are being trafficked and forced into prostitution has been launched. “Real Men Don’t Buy G(...)

New citizens listen to the National Anthem at a Citizenship Ceremony in the National Convention Centre Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

This weekend’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Washington will take place amid fresh hopes of genuine immigration reform which will benefit te(...)

New citizens listen to the National Anthem at a Citizenship Ceremony in the National Convention Centre Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

This weekend’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Washington will take place amid fresh hopes of genuine immigration reform which will benefit te(...)

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