Bryan McMahon, chairman  of the working group on direct provision, said those in the system were ‘hollow men and women with scooped out personalities and moving like zombies in some cases’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Minister of State with responsibility for refugees has ruled out a blanket amnesty for those who are in direct provision for five years or more. (...)

Living conditions and supports for the near 5,000 people  in direct provision have not improved. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It is now 10 months since the Minister for Justice published a historic working group report. This was first fundamental review of the asylum process (...)

Census 2016: The recent social media campaign which urged people to tick ‘No religion’, failed to understand that views on religion are not black and white.  Picture Nick Bradshaw

‘It’s complicated’ is a Facebook relationship status, denoting anything from a relationship on the rocks to one that doesn’t fit standard parameters, (...)

A line of hearses as the bodies of migrants are unloaded from an Italian ship at Lampedusa harbour, Italy, yesterday. More than 330 migrants are feared dead following the most serious string of accidents in the Mediterranean since the start of the year. Photograph: EPA

The recent Mediterranean tragedy in which up to 400 African migrants may have died has prompted criticism of the EU’s Triton border control mission. W(...)

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