Irish Penal Reform Trust

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.

PIPS Speakers

[L-R: Caron McCaffrey, Irish Prison Service; Prof Aislinn O'Donnell, Maynooth University; Patricia Gilheaney, Inspector of Prisons; Vivian Geiran, Probation Service; Deirdre Malone, IPRT; Michelle Martyn, IPRT; Seamus Taylor, Maynooth University. Photo: Derek Speirs]

At the launch, progress on the 35 standards set in PIPS 2017 was examined and three ‘spotlight’ areas were announced: mental health; women; and staff, training and relationships.

Download a PDF of the report here. An interactive online version of the report is available at

Seamus Taylor, IPRT Chairperson, introduced the PIPS project and the launch was chaired by Aislinn O'Donnell, Professor of Education at Maynooth University. Speakers and panellists (in order of speaking) included:

  • Patricia Gilheaney, Inspector of Prisons;
  • Deirdre Malone, Executive Director, Irish Penal Reform Trust;
  • Michelle Martyn, Senior Research and Policy Manager, Irish Penal Reform Trust;
  • Caron McCaffrey, Director of Staff and Corporate Services, Irish Prison Service;
  • Vivian Geiran, Director, Probation Service. 

PIPS 2018 Michelle Martyn

[Michelle Martyn, IPRT. Photo: Derek Speirs]

More photos of the event are available on Flickr

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This 3-year flagship project is kindly supported by The Community Foundation for Ireland

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