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Law Seminar: Detention, Human Rights and the OPCAT

12th November 2018

The Irish Penal Reform Trust and the Irish Criminal Bar Association co-hosted a seminar on 'Detention, Human Rights and the OPCAT' on Monday 12th November 2018 in the Ormond Meeting Rooms.

RTÉ: Decision to withhold publication of a key review of operations at Oberstown

11th November 2018

RTÉ Radio One ‘This Week’ report on the decision to withhold publication an Operational Review of Oberstown Detention Campus conducted in 2016/17.

Newstalk: 'Mary and the Joy'

4th November 2018

Newstalk documentary 'Mary and the Joy' features IPRT Executive Director Deirdre Malone discussing the importance of relationship-based care in Irish prisons.

Round Up: Progressing inside? Ireland’s prison system in 2018

26th October 2018

IPRT hosted 'Progressing inside? Ireland’s prison system in 2018' on 26 October 2018 in the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Central to the seminar was the launch of the second annual 'Progress in the Penal System' report.

Irish Examiner: Improvements at youth detention facility welcomed but ‘more effort needed’

11th October 2018

Noel Baker reports on the publication of the HIQA unannounced inspection report on Oberstown Children Detention Campus.

Irish Examiner: Letters from victim's families show 'enormous pain and suffering'

5th October 2018

Cormac O'Keeffe reports on the Parole Board Annual Report for 2017.

The Detail: Call for independent inquiry after 206 prisoner deaths in 12 years

27th September 2018

IPRT calls for the Irish Prison Service to publish regular reports into deaths and incidents of near-deaths, self-harm, violence and assaults in prisons.

Social enterprise café to employ ex-offenders

29th August 2018

The Irish Prison Service is conducting a market sounding exercise in order to assess the level of interest and engagement from suitable operators for a proposed café facility in Dublin.

Letter: Minister Zappone should publish Oberstown report

11th August 2018

IPRT Executive Director Deirdre Malone penned a letter to the Editor of The Irish Times, calling on the Minister to publish the Operational Review of Oberstown.

OpEd: Ireland has not ratified a protocol to prevent torture in places of detention

8th August 2018

An OpEd by IPRT Executive Director Deirdre Malone in The Irish Times discusses Ireland’s failure to ratify OPCAT.

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