Irish Penal Reform Trust

Law Seminar: Bail Reform ~ Rights and Risks

28th October 2015

IPRT/ICBA Prison Law Seminar 

Bail Reform: Rights and Risks

The Irish Penal Reform Trust and the Irish Criminal Bar Association will co-host a seminar on Bail Reform on Wednesday 11th November 2015 in the Jury Assembly Room of the Criminal Courts of Justice.

This timely event comes at a time of intense media, political and parliamentary scrutiny of Ireland’s current bail laws and proposed legislative reforms. A new IPRT Position Paper on Bail and Remand will be launched as part of the event.

This event carries 1.5 CPD points.


  • The Hon. Mr. Justice Paul Butler will chair the event
  • Mr Michael O’Higgins SC speaking on a paper by Jim McCullough BL: "The media and criminal practice: aspects of impact and interaction"
  • Mr John Lonergan, Retired Governor of Mountjoy Prison: “Restricting the right to Bail: Consequence for Prison Conditions”
  • Ms Deirdre Malone, Executive Director IPRT: “Bail Reform: Upholding Rights, Managing Risks”
  • Ms Shalom Binchy, Chair of the Law Society Criminal Law Committee: “Bail Reform: A Solicitor’s Perspective”

All are welcome. A drinks reception will follow in the Jury Assembly Room after the event, kindly sponsored by the Bar Council of Ireland.

Venue: Jury Assembly Room, Criminal Courts of Justice

Date: Wednesday, 11th of November 2015

Time: 4:30 pm

For registrations, please email Marie Therese on or call 01-8741400 


1. A new IPRT Position Paper on Bail and Remand will be published on 11th Nov 2015. The paper covers:

  • Overview of the right to liberty
  • Legal framework governing bail in Ireland
  • Bail conditions
  • The case for bail supports
  • Remand statistics
  • Pre-trial detention of women
  • Pre-trial detention of children
  • Rights of prisoners detained on remand
  • Barriers to accessing rights
  • Access to structured activities
  • Incentivised Regimes: penalising remand prisoners?

2. IPRT Conference | 27 Nov 2015 | Securing Accountability

IPRT will hold a conference on Monitoring, Inspection, and Complaints in the Irish prison system in the Spencer Hotel, Dublin 1 on Friday 27th November 2015. Speakers will include:

  • HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick
  • Professor Malcolm Evans, Chair of the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture
  • Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly
  • Professor Andrew Coyle, Emeritus Professor of Prison Studies in the University of London
  • Dr Mary Rogan, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Dr Cormac Behan, University of Sheffield

Details available here:

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