IPRT in the News

The Pat Kenny Show: Interview on Spent Convictions 2nd February 2017

IPRT’s Acting Executive Director Fíona Ní Chinnéide spoke to Pat Kenny on the topic of spent convictions. Read more

The Irish Examiner: Feud link to rise in prison protection 1st February 2017

Recently released Irish Prison Service (IPS) figures show that the number of prisoners on 22/23 hour lock-up in Mountjoy has jumped eightfold, from six last October to 47 last month. Read more

Irish Legal News: Hospitalisations of Mountjoy prisoners branded 'shocking' 10th January 2017

The number of Irish prisoners who have been hospitalised as a result of assaults, self-harm and drug incidents - particularly at Mountjoy Prison - is "shocking", the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has said. Read more

The Irish Examiner: No prison visits on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day 19th December 2016

The families of prisoners will not be able to visit their loved ones on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year, the Irish Prison Service has confirmed. Read more

The Detail.TV: Concerns raised over scale of prison deaths across the island of Ireland 19th December 2016

In TheDetail.TV and The Irish Times, articles by Claire Smyth raise concerns over the scale of prison deaths across the island of Ireland. Read more

The Irish Examiner: Lack of Facilities Delays Releases 30th November 2016

Long-term inmates are being kept in prison despite being eligible for parole because there are no facilities on the outside to support them. Read more

Round Up: Figures released by the CSO on recividism from 2010 cohort 11th November 2016

Read IPRT's comments in the media on data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on recividism of prisoners released in 2010 and individuals who were placed on Probation Orders or Community Service Orders in the year 2010. Read more

The Irish Examiner: Limit prison to only most serious offences 10th November 2016

There have been calls for the Government to take a fresh look at the effectiveness of sending people to prison after a new report showed almost half of prison inmates had re-offended within three years. Read more

The Irish Times: No Holding Cells for Prisoners Attending Children’s Court 31st October 2016

Prisoners who attend the Dublin District Child Care Court are being held in prison vans while waiting for their cases because there are no holding cells at the court. Read more

Round Up: Data Released on Solitary Confinement in Irish Prisons 24th October 2016

Read IPRT's latest comments in the media on data released on prolonged Solitary Confinement in Irish Prisons. Read more


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