Irish authorities will offer asylum and citizenship to people with “special needs” to help ease the strain on the country’s immigration system, a report said.
The report said the Government is also considering allowing asylum seekers who have experienced sexual or physical abuse in the past to be eligible for Irish citizenship.
“It is the Government’s intention to work with local authorities and with the voluntary sector to provide support to those with special needs in their communities, including to allow them to be granted citizenship,” it said.
Irish authorities are also considering offering asylum to people who have been in detention for longer than four years, with some people being held for up to five years.
The report came after Ireland voted in favour of the countrys first same-sex marriage in the country since 1998.
It was welcomed by some gay rights groups, who said the move was a step towards a more tolerant society.
“This is a major victory for gay rights in Ireland and we are pleased to see it finally recognised as a valid political choice in the lead-up to the next general election,” Amnesty International Ireland’s director of advocacy and media campaigns, Ian Gidley, said.
“We look forward to working with the Government and our partners in government to ensure this important and long overdue reform is fully implemented in the coming months.”
The Irish Human Rights Commission has also said it will work with the Irish Government to make sure that the country follows the EU Convention on Human Rights and acts in accordance with the Human Rights Act.