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IPRT Conference: Securing Accountability 27th November 2015

Ensuring Ireland both meets and exceeds our obligations to protect human rights behind prison walls. Read more


The sixth report on places of detention in Ireland from the CPT, published today (Tuesday 17th November 2015) presents another indictment of a prison system that is struggling to meet its duty of care in terms of healthcare, mental health care, and ensuring prisoner safety. Read more

CPT Report: Summary of Critical Issues 17th November 2015

Summary of critical issues detailed in the sixth report on places of detention in Ireland from the Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Degrading Treatment (CPT), which was published today. Read more

In Memoriam: Dr Paul O'Mahony 13th November 2015

It is with deep regret that IPRT marks the passing of Dr Paul O'Mahony, a central figure in the founding and development of the Irish Penal Reform Trust. Read more

Prisoner death underlines need for single cell occupancy and risk assessment to ensure prisoner safety 9th November 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY: Single cell occupancy must be the norm and not a privilege, and adequate risk assessment must be conducted by prison management before accommodating prisoners in shared cells, the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has stated today. Read more

IPRT calls for “swift and decisive action” on implementing recommendations of Prison Culture Report 3rd November 2015

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has called for “swift and decisive action” on implementation of the recommendations included in the Prison Culture Report, published today, to address the critical issues identified. Read more

Seminar: Bail Reform ~ Rights and Risks 28th October 2015

IPRT and ICBA are delighted to announce a seminar on Bail Reform on 11th of November 2015 in the Jury Assembly Room of the Criminal Courts of Justice. Read more

Swift and full implementation of all HIQA recommendations at Oberstown needed 22nd October 2015

IPRT is concerned at the slow pace of progress in implementing key HIQA recommendations at the Oberstown Children Detention Schools, revealed in the Follow Up Inspection Report of the facility published today. Read more

RTÉ Late Debate: Crime & Punishment 16th October 2015

Yesterday evening, RTÉ's 'The Late Debate' discussed crime and punishment, with particular focus on bail. Read more

Budget 2016 14th October 2015

IPRT welcomes the announcement of additional funding for the Probation Service, along with renewed commitments to eliminate slopping out in the Irish prison system. Read more