News & Press Releases

Ireland to have rigorous inspection by CPT in 2010 6th December 2009

The Sunday Business Post has reported that Ireland is one of ten countries identified for special scrutiny of its treatment of detainees in prisons and police stations. Read more

'Slopping Out' case results in high court action by ex-prisoner 3rd December 2009

A man who was sentenced to a jail term for IRA membership has argued that his human rights were breached in Portlaoise prison by the 'slopping out' regime. Read more

Launch of IPRT Children Detention report 30th November 2009

The Irish Penal Reform Trust will today launch a new report: Detention of Children in Ireland: International Standards and Best Practice, outlining the legal framework, policies and practices regarding the use of custodial measures for children in Ireland and internationally. Read more

IAYPIC: Launch of young people's version of 'Policies, Procedures for Children's Residential Care'. 26th November 2009

The Irish Association of Young People in Care has launched the young people’s version of Policies and Procedures for Children’s Residential Centres, Your Guide to Living in Residential Care. Read more

Detention of Children in Ireland: International Standards and Best Practice 25th November 2009

A new report from IPRT considers the implementation of international human rights standards to children detention in Ireland, and details best practice examples from Ireland and other European jurisdictions. Read more

20th Anniversary of the Convention on Children's Rights 20th November 2009

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) joins other organisations in the celebrations of the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Read more

Report highlights concerns over care for asylum seeking children. 19th November 2009

A report by the Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan, highlights the inadequate service provision of care for asylum seeking children. Read more

Irish Times: Courts explore alternative to jail for mentally ill offenders 16th November 2009

In an article in today's Irish Times, Dr Conor O'Neill outlines the obstacles faced by people with mental illness in the criminal justice system, and the working of the Prison Inreach and Court Liaison Service (PICLS). Read more

Numbers jailed for not paying fines on course to double in 2009 9th November 2009

The number of people jailed for not paying fines reached 1,897 in the first 6 months of 2009. Read more

HSE to shut children’s secure unit. 5th November 2009

The Health Service Executive announced today that the Special Care Unit for children in Ballydowd, West Dublin will close, following an independent report from the Health Information and Quality Authority. Read more


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