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HIQA inspection report of Oberstown children detention school campus 25th February 2015

IPRT welcomes the publication by HIQA of its reports on two inspections of the Oberstown children detention school campus, which took place 28-30 October and 4 November 2014. The inspection reports were published alongside an Action Plan, which includes details on actions already taken to address issues of concern. Read more

The Children's Rights Alliance Report Card 2015 23rd February 2015

The Children's Rights Alliance (CRA) have published their Report Card for 2015, which analyses and assesses the government's performance in addressing and fulfilling their stated commitments for children in the Programme for Government. Read more

IPRT welcomes findings of High Court in restricted regimes case 18th February 2015

IPRT has today welcomed the findings of the High Court that 22+ hour solitary confinement regime imposed for almost a year amounts to a “clear sustained violation” of the prisoner's right to bodily and psychological integrity. Read more

IPRT welcomes announcement of Review of Irish Prison Service 16th February 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY: The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) welcomes the announcement today (Monday, 16th February 2015) by the Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, of a wide-ranging review of the current culture and operations of the Irish Prison Service. Read more

Invitation to Tender: Rights & Needs of Older Prisoners 11th February 2015

IPRT is currently inviting tenders for a research project on the current provision for and specific needs of older prisoners in Ireland. Read more

Invitation to Tender: Young adults in the criminal justice system 11th February 2015

IPRT is currently inviting tenders for a research project on the specific mental health needs and provision for young adults in the criminal justice system. Read more

Irish Times: Life Sentence Prisoners and Parole Decisions in Ireland 10th February 2015

Writing in the Irish Times, Conor Lally reports on the sharp increase in life sentence prisoners in Irish prisons as well as highlighting the informal and politicised nature of Irish Parole Board determinations. Read more

Oireachtas Seminar on Spent Convictions Bill 5th February 2015

The eighth seminar for the All Party Oireachtas Penal Reform Group of TDs and Senators discussed the need to pass the Spent Convictions Bill without further delay. Read more

Le Chéile’s Restorative Justice Project in Limerick 28th January 2015

Evaluation of Le Chéile’s Restorative Justice Project in Limerick reveals returns of nearly €3 for every €1 invested. Read more

Increase in funding for social inclusion measures to tackle youth crime 19th December 2014

IPRT welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Justice and Equality of an increased allocation to the Irish Youth Justice Service Community Programmes, which will see an expansion of Garda youth diversion programmes. Read more


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