News & Press Releases

The Detail.TV: Concerns raised over scale of prison deaths across the island of Ireland 19th December 2016

In TheDetail.TV and The Irish Times, articles by Claire Smyth raise concerns over the scale of prison deaths across the island of Ireland. Read more

Bail (Amendment) Bill 2016 8th December 2016

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald brought the Bail (Amendment) Bill 2016 to cabinet on 6th December 2016. Read more

IPRT welcomes Dáil debate on prolonged solitary confinement 1st December 2016

A Private Member’s Bill introduced by Clare Daly TD, the Prisons (Solitary Confinement) (Amendment) Bill 2016 was debated in the Dáil on 1st December 2016. IPRT strongly welcomes the attention that is being paid to this serious issue. Read more

Invitation to Tender: Solitary Confinement in Ireland 30th November 2016

IPRT has secured funding from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to pursue an evidence-based research and awareness campaign towards the abolition of the use of solitary confinement in Ireland. Read more

IPRT position on mandatory and presumptive minimum sentencing 28th November 2016

Mandatory sentencing removes the opportunity for judges to use their discretion and impose sentences that are appropriate in the particular circumstances of the case. Read more

Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly 26th November 2016

The Board and staff of the Irish Penal Reform Trust were deeply saddened to hear today of the untimely passing of Ireland’s Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly. Read more

State Claims Agency review of assaults on prison staff 24th November 2016

The State Claims Agency has today published a major review of assaults on operational prison staff in Ireland. Read more

Alternatives to child detention under-utilised - Special Rapporteur on Child Protection 18th November 2016

Alternatives to child detention, including community-based sanctions and community service orders are being underutilised, and children with parents in prison should have access to high-quality support services. Read more

Publication of Strategic Review of Penal Policy Implementation Oversight Group Reports 11th November 2016

The Strategic Review of Penal Policy Implementation Oversight Group Reports have been published on Read more

EU Agency for Fundamental Rights Publishes Report on Ireland's Treatment of EU Citizens in the Criminal Justice System 10th November 2016

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights launched a number of reports today in Bratislava, examining how EU Member States treat suspects and accused from other EU nations in accessing translators and necessary information in the vernacular, as well as nation-specific protocols for cross-border transfers within the EU. Ireland's tendency to… Read more


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