News & Press Releases

Director's Blog: Crisis, what crisis? 12th June 2009

IPRT Executive Director, Liam Herrick, comments on the Minister's response to overcrowding in Mountjoy Prison... Read more

IPRT accepting Internship Applications from 15th June 2009 28th May 2009

IPRT is delighted to announce that we will shortly be accepting applications from those interested in doing internships with the organisation. Read more

IPRT publishes Position Paper on Mandatory Sentencing 28th May 2009

IPRT today published a Position Paper setting out its position on Mandatory and Presumptive Sentencing. Read more

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


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