News & Press Releases

Crossroads in Prison Building an Opportunity to Rethink Direction 20th May 2009

IPRT welcomes the Government announcement that it is to reconsider the proposed building of what would have been the largest prison in the State, and one of the largest prisons in Europe, at Thornton Hall. Read more

Top UN Experts to Highlight Threats to Rights in post-Tiger Ireland 31st March 2009

On Monday 6th April, 2009 a panel of top UN human rights experts will visit Dublin to highlight the Government's responsibility to protect the rights of the poorest and most vulnerable people in Ireland. Read more

Spent Convictions Bill to be Debated by Dail 17th December 2008

IPRT welcomes the introduction for second stage today in the Dáil of the Spent Convictions Bill 2007 Read more

IPRT Welcomes Report on Children on Remand 26th November 2008

IPRT warmly welcomes the publication today by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs of a major report into the situation of young people on remand. Read more

IPRT welcomes First Interim Report from Inspector of Prisons 28th October 2008

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) today warmly welcomed the publication of the first Interim Report of Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly. The Inspector's decision to publish this interim report in advance of his annual report demonstrates both the urgency of the issues he has identified within the prison… Read more

UN Human Rights Committee accepts IPRT's Concerns 25th July 2008

UN Committee upholds IPRT concerns and makes Extensive Recommendations on Prison Policy and Conditions Read more

Leading NGOs contribute to UN examination of Ireland's human rights record 14th July 2008

Today the UN Human Rights Committee will Ireland's human rights record. IPRT will attend the examination to assist the committee of international experts. Read more

Top Australian Judge launches NGO human rights report 14th July 2008

Justice Michael Kirby of the Australian High Court today launches a new Shadow Report on Ireland's compliance with UN human rights standards, published by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres), and the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT). Read more

UN Human Rights Committee prepares to Examine Ireland's Record 14th May 2008

Ireland Faces Summer Grilling from UN, say human rights groups. The Government faces a "summer grilling" from the United Nations Human Rights Committee according to official papers released by the UN today (14 May 2008). Three leading human rights groups (ICCL, FLAC and IPRT) have welcomed the publication of the… Read more

ICCL and IPRT Welcome Council of Europe Report 30th April 2008

Two leading human rights groups, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) have said that the Government is "short-changing" the Council of Europe, by refusing to implement key recommendations in a new report by its Commissioner for Human Rights. Read more


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