IPRT in the News

Roundup: Coverage of IPRT lecture on Solitary Confinement 6th August 2013

Media coverage of issues and concerns around 23-hour lock up and restrictive regimes, brought into focus by the 2013 IPRT Annual Lecture. Read more

Roundup: Reactions to announcement of closure of St. Patrick's Institution 4th July 2013

A roundup of press releases, media reactions and discussions following the announcement on 3rd July 2013 by the Minister for Justice that St Patrick's Institution is to be closed within 6 months. Read more

RTÉ 'This Week': the movement of youth offenders to Oberstown 23rd June 2013

Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan, IMPACT Spokesperson Catherine Keogh, and Liam Herrick of the Irish Penal Reform Trust comment on the detention of young offenders at Oberstown. Read more

Concern over cell-sharing and increased capacity at Cork Prison 14th June 2013

The 'Irish Examiner' and 'The Cork News' report on plans for the building of a replacement prison in Cork, which will see capacity increased through planned cell-sharing. Read more

Roundup: Reactions to further delays in report regarding the killing of Gary Douch 6th June 2013

A roundup of media reactions and discussions following further delays in the publication of the report into the killing of Gary Douch in prison custody Read more

Roundup: Reactions to the Annual Reports and Joint Strategic Plan of the Irish Prison Service and the Probation Service 24th May 2013

A roundup of media reactions and discussions following publication on the 8th May 2013 of the Irish Prison Service and Probation Service Annual Reports for 2012 and their Joint Strategic Plan for 2013-2015. Read more

Irish Examiner: Ireland tops EU table for prisoner release 8th May 2013

A Council of Europe Penal Statistics Survey (SPACE I) of over 50 countries reveals Ireland to have one of the highest committal and release rates in Europe, reports Cormac O’Keeffe in the Irish Examiner. Read more

Roundup: Reactions to Justice Committee Report on Penal Reform 28th March 2013

Media coverage of the 'Report on Penal Reform' published by the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on 27th March 2013. IPRT welcomed the report, and called for Government action on all recommendations. Read more

The Irish Times examines Ireland's prisons 21st January 2013

A series of articles on the problems and progress within Ireland's jails. Read more

Increasing number of older prisoners raises questions over whether prisons are equipped to care for them. 9th January 2013

Since 2007 there has been a large increase in the number of older and elderly inmates in our prisons. However, is a prison system geared towards younger prisoners equipped to deal with their particular needs? Read more


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