News & Press Releases

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

IPRT and Refugee Council concerned at immigration detention plans 26th March 2008

Irish Refugee Council and the Irish Penal Reform Trust disturbed at plan for detention centre in new jail Read more

IPRT Welcomes Announcement of Child Detention Plans 6th March 2008

The Irish Penal Reform Trust today welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Children of the Government's decision to build a national child detention facility that will house all child offenders. IPRT strongly hopes that today's announcement will make redundant the contingency plans of the Minister for Justice, Equality and… Read more

IPRT Announces Appointment of New Director 5th December 2007

IPRT is happy to announce the appointment of Liam Herrick as its new Executive Director. Read more

IPRT and ICCL react to Council of Europe Commissioner's Visit 30th November 2007

IPRT and ICCL today called on the Government to heed today's preliminary observations by the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights at the end of his week long monitoring visit to Ireland, in which he focussed on the issue of youth justice. Read more

IPRT welcomes Chaplains Report 29th November 2007

IPRT today welcomed the most recent Annual Report of the Irish Prison Chaplains. Speaking today, Liam Herrick recently appointed Director of IPRT stated "This latest report by the prison chaplains is a thoughtful and thought-provoking analysis of the current state of our prisons by highly-skilled professionals working at the coal-face… Read more

Unsafe and Degrading: Europe's Verdict on Ireland's Prisons 10th October 2007

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the IPRT welcomed the Government's decision to publish the latest report by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture Read more

NEW POLL: Majority of voters prefer non-custodial programmes over prison for most offenders 5th April 2007

TNS/MRBI poll commissioned by the Penal Reform Trust shows main political parties out of step with voters on how to deal with most crime Read more


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