Irish Penal Reform Trust

Report on the Death of Gary Douch

1st May 2014

The Report of the Commission of Investigation into the Death of Gary Douch was published today (1st May 2014), exactly 7 years and 9 months after the young man’s brutal death in Mountjoy Prison on 1st August 2006. 

The report, published almost 8 years after his death, found that the State failed in its duty to provide safe custody to 21-year old prisoner Gary Douch. 

IPRT responded highlighting the unacceptable delay in the report for the family of Mr. Douch, and also the failures detailed in the report, which led to his death.

On publication of the Commission report, IPRT restated a number of previous calls to the Minister for Justice, and the Irish Prison Service. These include an end to overcrowding, provision of additional spaces in psychiatric hospitals for the appropriate treatment mentally-ill prisoners, and to meet our obligations under the European Convention of Human Rights in delivering a prompt investigation into death's in prison.

The report investigated by Gráinne McMorrow SC and can be found here

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