News & Press Releases

Community Service in Ireland: A qualitative exploration of one alternative to short-term imprisonment 11th October 2017

This discussion paper is based on the qualitative findings of employment-based PhD research completed by Dr Kate O'Hara. Read more

IPRT event highlights employer experience of hiring ex-offenders 26th September 2017

Media advisory: Irish employers are missing out on a wealth of untapped potential, talent and skills if they exclude people with convictions from interview lists. Read more

High Court Judgement on 'Slopping Out' 14th September 2017

A significant court judgment in relation to prison conditions was delivered in the High Court yesterday (Wed 13th Sept 2017). Read more

Media Advisory: Joint call for national advocacy strategy for children of prisoners 6th September 2017

Specific targeted supports in education, health, social protection and social welfare are required for children with a parent in prison, according to the Children’s Rights Alliance, Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) and UCC Law School academics. Read more

Event Update: Advancing the Rights and Needs of Children with a Parent in Prison 6th September 2017

Event 'Unseen, Unheard', took place on Wednesday 6th September 2017. Read more

Advisory: UN Committee urges Government to fundamentally review prison health care system and solitary confinement 12th August 2017

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has welcomed the findings regarding Ireland’s treatment of people in prisons, published by the UN Committee on Torture. The Committee’s ‘Concluding Observations’ were developed following its examination of the Irish Government’s performance last month. Read more

UN Committee against Torture publishes Concluding Observations on Ireland 11th August 2017

IPRT welcomes the Concluding Observations released by the UN Committee against Torture on Ireland's second periodic review under the UN Convention against Torture. Read more

UN Torture Committee to make recommendations to Irish Government on Friday 11 August 2017 10th August 2017

On Friday 11th August 2017, the United Nations Committee against Torture will publish its Concluding Observations on Ireland’s performance under the UN Convention against Torture and Other Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT). Read more

UNCAT: Summary record of second periodic review of Ireland 7th August 2017

A record of Ireland's hearing under the UNCAT, which took place in Palais Wilson, Geneva on Thurs 27 July and Fri 28 July 2017. Read more

HIQA Publish Report on Oberstown Children Campus 3rd August 2017

The Health Information and Quality Authority published a detailed report of an inspection of Oberstown Children Detention Campus which was carried out from the 27th - 30th March 2017. Read more


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