News & Press Releases

Progress in the Penal System: A framework for penal reform (2018) 26th October 2018

The second a series of three annual reports providing a comprehensive report on human rights and best practice in Ireland’s penal system. Read more

Second annual report on standards in Ireland’s penal system finds little progress in key areas – IPRT 26th October 2018

ADVISORY: IPRT has published the second annual 'PIPS' report, showing limited progress within the last 12 months in meeting human rights in Irish prisons. Read more

Joint Committee on Future of Mental Health Care: Final report 18th October 2018

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Future of Mental Health Care has published its final report, with a core recommendation of increasing the number of acute beds from 22 to 50 per 100,000 over 3 years. Read more

HIQA inspection report of Oberstown Children Detention Campus 10th October 2018

On Tuesday 9th October 2018, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) published its report on an unannounced inspection of Oberstown Children Detention Campus undertaken in March 2018. Read more

Significant improvements on Oberstown Campus welcome but inadequate monitoring of ‘restrictive practices’ on children must be addressed – IPRT 10th October 2018

ADVISORY: The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) welcome improvements in the care provided to children at Oberstown Children Detention Campus, however, IPRT is concerned at inadequate monitoring of the use of physical interventions and restraints. Read more

Parole Board Annual Report 2017 4th October 2018

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has published the Parole Board Annual Report for 2017. Read more

Self-Harm in Irish Prisons 2017 Report 4th October 2018

The first report on episodes of self-harm recorded in Irish Prisons has been published. Read more

Momentum for prison reform must be maintained – IPRT 27th September 2018

ADVISORY: IPRT warmly acknowledges the significant reforms achieved since the Director General's appointment 7 years ago, and looks forward to the continuation of this programme of reform to support a safer, more effective and more equitable justice system in Ireland. Read more

Publication of Oberstown Annual Report 2016/2017 27th September 2018

Oberstown Children Detention Campus has published its Annual Report for 2016/2017. Read more

Evaluation of three J-ARC pilot projects 25th September 2018

An evaluation of three Joint Agency Response to Crime pilot projects was published today at a National Conference of the Joint Agency Response to Crime (J-ARC). Read more


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