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Ireland supports broad range of prison-related recommendations made at the 2nd Universal Periodic Review 19th May 2016

In the draft report of Ireland’s Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, released on the 13th of May, Ireland has stated its support for all prison-related recommendations made by its peers with the exception of one recommendation, which it will review further. Read more

Pre-trial detention project with Fair Trials International 17th May 2016

IPRT is delighted to be a partner on a European pre-trial detention project, ‘The Practice of Pre-Trial Detention: Monitoring Alternatives and Judicial Decision-Making’. Read more


The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT), Ireland’s leading campaign organisation for the protection against potential human rights violations behind bars, has today welcomed the Government’s acceptance of recommendations received at the U.N. in Geneva on prisons and places of detention, including reaffirmation of its commitment to ratify the Optional Protocol… Read more

Strong Focus on the Rights of Adults and Children in Prisons and Places of Detention at Ireland’s 2nd UPR 13th May 2016

More than 30 countries at Ireland’s 2nd Universal Periodic Review raised concerns and made recommendations to Ireland on the human rights of adults and children in prisons and places of detention, with many explicitly calling on Ireland to finally ratify the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture. Read more

IPRT welcomes additional funding for youth justice initiatives 6th May 2016

IPRT warmly welcomes the statement issued yesterday (5th May 2016) by Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD that an additional €1.57m is to be provided for youth justice initiatives from the Dormant Accounts Fund under the 2016 Action Plan. Read more

The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 has finally commenced. 29th April 2016

Minister for Justice and Equality announces the commencement of The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 and The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 today. Read more

Employment opportunities (various) 27th April 2016

A number of positions have recently been advertised, including the role of Membership & Admin Officer with IPRT. Read more

The Atlantic Philanthropies: How a Small Advocacy Organization Advanced Big Reforms 27th April 2016

A case study describing how IPRT, a small organization with limited resources, successfully implemented an advocacy strategy that led the Irish government to take steps to improve conditions and reduce overcrowding in the country’s prisons. Read more

Irish Penal Reform Trust calls on next Government to ratify key anti-torture mechanism by 2017 22nd April 2016

Ireland’s leading campaigners for the protection of human rights in detention, has today called on all representatives engaged in Government negotiations to ensure that clear commitments to safeguard against inhumane treatment in places of detention are included in the next Programme for Government. Read more

Now recruiting: Membership and Administration Officer 18th April 2016

Applications are invited for the post of Membership and Administration Officer with the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT). The successful candidate will be responsible for the day to day administrative support of a small and vibrant organisation, with particular responsibility for membership and EU project support. Read more