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President Higgins hosts reception at Áras an Uachtaráin for IPRT 18th September 2015

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins today marked the work of the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) at a special reception at Áras an Uachtaráin on the occasion of the organisation’s 21st birthday year. Read more

President to host a reception for the Irish Penal Reform Trust 11th September 2015

IPRT is honoured that President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, who is Patron of IPRT, will host a special reception at Áras an Uachtaráin to mark the organisation’s 21st birthday year. Read more

Are we 10 steps closer to better and safer communities? 7th September 2015

In Feb 2011, IPRT put together a top 10 list of steps that could and should be taken to address what was then an ailing, overcrowded prison system. Where are we 4 years on? Read more

Incident at Cloverhill Prison [updated] 29th July 2015

IPRT is highly concerned at reports of a serious incident at Cloverhill Prison on Wed 29 July 2015. Read more

New Bail Bill: initial observations 23rd July 2015

The heads and general scheme of a new Bail Bill have been published today by the Minister for Justice and Equality. Read more

IPRT welcomes passing of Children (Amendment) Bill 2015 21st July 2015

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) welcomes the passage today of the Children (Amendment) Bill 2015 as another important step towards ending the detention of children in adult prisons in Ireland. Read more

Heads of Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Bill published 14th July 2015

IPRT welcomes the forthcoming implementation of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive, which must take place by 16th November 2015, as a positive change to the Irish law as it currently stands. Read more

Courts Service Annual Report for 2014: update on fines 13th July 2015

On launching the report, Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, said that the ICT changes required for commencement of the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Act 2014 will be completed in autumn 2015. Read more

Justice Committee invites submissions on drug policy review 6th July 2015

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality is inviting public submissions on its drug policy review. Read more

Confidential prison helpline to combat drugs: 1800 855 717 6th July 2015

A new confidential phone line has been launched to combat the illegal trafficking of drugs and weapons into prisons. Read more