In recent months, the spotlight has focused again on the 'direct provision' system that caters for the 4,000 asylum seekers in Ireland who are waiting for decisions on their applications.
Miriam pictured above with Festus, and his two children Justin & Michele.
Festus and his family finally received a positive decision on their application. Miriam spoke to two families this morning living in Mosney, County Meath, about their lives.
Miriam pictured above with Emmanuel, a Nigerian born asylum seeker based at Mosney.
Comedian, scriptwriter, novelist, actor and playwright Michael Palin joined Miriam this morning. Michael is also a diarist, having successfully published two volumes of his diaries that he’s been keeping since the age of 25. He's now published the third 'Travelling to Work'.
Miriam was joined by Imelda May this morning, who finished a run of gigs last night at Dublin’s 3Arena. We’ve asked her to get us into the Christmas spirit this morning with 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'.
Imelda was joined by Al Gare on Ukulele (pictured above with Miriam)
Imeldas album is called 'Tribal', which is out now.
Presenter: Miriam O'Callaghan