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Newstalk Global Village Christmas and New Year’s Eve Specials from Wheatfield Place of Detention 3rd January 2017

Global Village broadcast two special shows from Wheatfield Place of Detention on Christmas Eve 24th December 2016, and New Year’s Eve on 31st December 2016. Read more

Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Bill 2016 Published 29th December 2016

On 29 December 2016, the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., published the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Bill 2016. Read more

Season's Greetings from IPRT 24th December 2016

Thank you for your support in 2016. See you in 2017, when IPRT will continue to work towards progressive reform of the penal system, in which humans rights are respected and imprisonment is used only as a last resort. Read more

IPRT welcomes deferral of industrial action at Oberstown 23rd December 2016

ADVISORY: IPRT welcomes the announcement that the scheduled industrial action at Oberstown Children Detention School Campus, due to begin on 3rd January 2017, has been deferred. Read more

Temporary release from prison at Christmas 23rd December 2016

Christmas is one of the most difficult times of year for prisoners and their families. Read more

Progress Report on Youth Justice Action Plan published 21st December 2016

On 14th December 2016, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD and the Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, David Stanton TD published Tackling Youth Crime, Youth Justice Action Plan 2014-2018 - Progress Report 2014/2015. 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

Bail Amendment Bill 8th December 2016

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald brought the Bail Amendment Bill to cabinet on 6th Dec 2016. Read more

IPRT welcomes Dáil debate on prolonged solitary confinement 1st December 2016

A Private Member’s Bill introduced by Clare Daly TD, the Prisons (Solitary Confinement) (Amendment) Bill 2016 was debated in the Dáil on 1st December 2016. IPRT strongly welcomes the attention that is being paid to this serious issue. Read more

Invitation to Tender: Solitary Confinement in Ireland 30th November 2016

IPRT has secured funding from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to pursue an evidence-based research and awareness campaign towards the abolition of the use of solitary confinement in Ireland. Read more

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