News & Press Releases

Systemic issues in Garda response to children deemed “unsuitable” for diversion must be addressed 17th January 2019

ADVISORY: IPRT is deeply concerned at the statistics published today (Thursday, 17th January 2019) that reveal a systemic failure by An Garda Síochána to follow up on thousands of cases where children were deemed “unsuitable” for the Garda Youth Diversion Programme. Read more

Cancellation of ‘super-prison’ plans welcomed by IPRT 16th January 2019

IPRT has welcomed the cancelling of 'super-prison' plans for Thornton hall, stating that the news demonstrates positive progress in Irish penal policy over the last 10 years. Read more

IPRT Executive Director Deirdre Malone to leave post 20th December 2018

The Board of the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) wishes to announce that its Executive Director, Deirdre Malone, will be leaving her post on 8th February 2019 to take up a new opportunity. Read more

IPRT urges renewed focus on reform on appointment of new Director General of the Irish Prison Service 13th December 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY: IPRT welcomes the appointment of Caron McCaffrey as Director General of the Irish Prison Service and emphasizes the need for further reform under her leadership. Read more

IPRT Presentation to the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality on Bail (Amendment) Bill 2017 5th December 2018

IPRT appeared before the Committee to outline a number of concerns in relation to the proposed Bail (Amendment) Bill 2017. Read more

IPRT Submission to the Value for Money and Policy Review of Prisoner Escort Services 29th November 2018

IPRT Submission to the Department of Justice and Equality Value for Money and Policy Review of Prisoner Escort Services in the Criminal Justice Sector, submitted March 2017. Read more

IPRT Submission to the UNCAT on Ireland’s one year follow-up 23rd November 2018

The IPRT Submission to the UN Committee against Torture on Ireland’s one year follow-up to its second periodic report under UNCAT focuses on developments in respect of the ratification of OPCAT. Read more

IPRT calls on key bodies to work together to conduct thorough investigation of alleged covert surveillance in prisons and prisoner transport 22nd November 2018

ADVISORY: IPRT responds to allegations of the use of covert surveillance in prisons and prisoner transport, calling on key bodies to work together to conduct a thorough investigation into these allegations. Read more

Statement of Principles on Legislation to Ratify the OPCAT 12th November 2018

This document outlines the minimum legislative requirements for any legislation intended to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. Read more

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

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