IPRT in the News

Government challenged to sign rights protocol 22nd September 2009

In an open letter published in the national papers today, the Government is urged to sign the new optional protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Read more

Irish Independent, Comment: "Planning for the future failure of social policies." 21st September 2009

"Essentially, planning to build more prisons is planning for the future failure of social policies," writes Liam Herrick in today's Irish Independent. Read more

4FM: Building more prison spaces will not solve the problem 21st September 2009

Liam Herrick talks to David Harvey on 4FM's 'Lunchtime on 4' about the fallacy of building new prison spaces when such chronic conditions exist in our current prisons. Read more

Today FM, The Last Word: Overcrowding could lead to serious injury or loss of life 18th August 2009

Liam Herrick talked on Today FM's 'The Last Word' on the Inspector of Prisons report, which highlights how prisons overcrowding could lead to serious injury or loss of life. Read more

RTÉ Drivetime: Increase in people sent to prison 17th August 2009

Liam Herrick, IPRT Executive Director, talked to RTÉ's Drivetime about the worrying trends revealed in the Irish Prison Service Annual Report 2008. Read more

Irish Times: 'Jail population continues to rise' 14th August 2009

"Increasing the size and numbers in our prisons does not — and will not — reduce levels of crime. It merely serves to increase prisoner numbers." Read more

Evening Echo: Young People and our Justice System 10th August 2009

In the first part of a six-day series on youth justice, 'Evening Echo' Security Correspondent Ann Murphy talked to IPRT on the issues surrounding detention of young people in Ireland. Read more

Letter to the Editor, Irish Times: "McCarthy report reaction" 28th July 2009

One does not need a PhD in economics to foresee that cuts in resources to high-risk groups could well mean storing up much larger social and economic liabilities for future generations. Read more

"Problems for children in care": youth justice issues on RTÉ 'This Week' 21st June 2009

A report on RTÉ's 'This Week' looking at conditions for those in State care, particularly young offenders. IPRT Chair, Dr Ursula Kilkelly spoke on Youth Justice issues in Ireland. Read more

Irish Examiner: Liam Herrick says we need to rethink our dependence on prisons 19th June 2009

In an Opinion piece published in today's 'Irish Examiner', Liam Herrick outlines how expanding our prison system can no longer be presented as as end in itself. Read more

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