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Whole of Government approach needed to address gap between human rights commitments and prison realities – IPRT 27th June 2016

ADVISORY: Commitments to safer communities can only be met by a ‘whole of Government’ approach to offending and reoffending, along with improved public accountability through regular publication of criminal justice data and prison inspection reports. Read more

Tánaiste publishes Prison Visiting Committee Reports for 2015 24th June 2016

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald, today published the reports of the 14 Prison Visiting Committees. Read more

Monitoring infectious diseases in prison as part of a whole-system review of prison healthcare 23rd June 2016

ADVISORY: Monitoring the prevalence of infectious diseases (HIV, HCV and TB) in prison is an issue of concern to prison staff and prisoners alike, and must be included in regular prison health monitoring and inspection mechanisms. Read more

Inspector of Prisons' review of prisoner complaints system 9th June 2016

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has published the Inspector of Prisons' report on a 'Review, Evaluation and Analysis of the Operation of the present Irish Prison Service Prisoner Complaints Procedure'. Read more

IPRT welcomes report by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice into the needs of young adults (18-24) in prison 1st June 2016

IPRT welcomes the report launched yesterday (31st May 2016) by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice calling for reform of the treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system. Read more

Ireland supports broad range of prison-related recommendations made at the 2nd Universal Periodic Review 19th May 2016

In the draft report of Ireland’s Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, released on the 13th of May, Ireland has stated its support for all prison-related recommendations made by its peers with the exception of one recommendation, which it will review further. Read more

Pre-trial detention project with Fair Trials International 17th May 2016

IPRT is delighted to be a partner on a European pre-trial detention project, ‘The Practice of Pre-Trial Detention: Monitoring Alternatives and Judicial Decision-Making’. Read more


The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT), Ireland’s leading campaign organisation for the protection against potential human rights violations behind bars, has today welcomed the Government’s acceptance of recommendations received at the U.N. in Geneva on prisons and places of detention, including reaffirmation of its commitment to ratify the Optional Protocol… Read more

Strong Focus on the Rights of Adults and Children in Prisons and Places of Detention at Ireland’s 2nd UPR 13th May 2016

More than 30 countries at Ireland’s 2nd Universal Periodic Review raised concerns and made recommendations to Ireland on the human rights of adults and children in prisons and places of detention, with many explicitly calling on Ireland to finally ratify the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture. Read more

IPRT welcomes additional funding for youth justice initiatives 6th May 2016

IPRT warmly welcomes the statement issued yesterday (5th May 2016) by Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD that an additional €1.57m is to be provided for youth justice initiatives from the Dormant Accounts Fund under the 2016 Action Plan. Read more