News & Press Releases

Minister introduces Amendment to Prison Rules: “Meaningful Human Contact” 7th July 2017

On 29th June 2017, Minister for Justice and Equality, Charles Flanagan TD, introduced an amendment to Rule 27 (1) of the Prison Rules 2007 to 2017. Read more

UNCAT: Prisons Under the UN spotlight 6th July 2017

Ireland’s second examination under the UN Convention against Torture will take place on 27th and 28th July 2017. Read more

Children of Prisoners Europe's (COPE) 2017 Campaign “Not My Crime, Still My Sentence” 2nd June 2017

On a given day, 800,000 children in the European Union alone have an imprisoned parent. Read here about COPE's annual cross-European campaign entitled ‘Not My Crime, Still My Sentence’ running throughout the month of June. Read more

Progress at Oberstown 29th May 2017

On Monday 29th May 2017, an event titled ‘Building the Future’ took place in the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin to mark Oberstown Children Detention Campus’ first anniversary as a combined care, health and educational facility. Read more

IPS Annual Report 2016: IPRT welcomes reduction in prison committals 15th May 2017

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) strongly welcomes the significant reduction in prison committals in 2016, and the clear statement by Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. that prison should be a sanction of last resort. Read more

Department of Justice and Equality publishes National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020 3rd May 2017

IPRT welcomes the publication of the government's National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020 on 3rd May 2017. Read more

IPRT Position on Closure of the Training Unit 27th April 2017

IPRT welcomes recent initiatives by the Irish Prison Service to better support rehabilitation of prisoners, but expresses its serious concerns at the imminent closure of the Training Unit semi-open facility on 1st May 2017. Read more

Closure of St. Patrick’s Institution 7th April 2017

Today, Friday 7th April 2017, Minister for Justice and Equality, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald TD has closed St. Patrick’s Institution. Read more

Ministerial Order to end sentencing of children to adult prison “momentous” 30th March 2017

IPRT has hailed as “momentous” the signing of a Ministerial Order today (Thursday 30th March 2017) by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD to end the sentencing of children to adult prison in Ireland. Read more

Cabinet approves Ministerial Order to end imprisonment of children 29th March 2017

IPRT strongly welcomes the announcement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone that she has secured cabinet approval towards ending the sentencing of children to Wheatfield Place of Detention. Read more

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