26th November 2008
IPRT warmly welcomes the publication today by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs of a major report into the situation of young people on remand.
28th October 2008
The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) today warmly welcomed the publication of the first Interim Report of Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly. The Inspector's decision to publish this interim report in advance of his annual report demonstrates both the urgency of the issues he has identified within the prison system and Judge Reilly's commitment to highlighting these issues and to working constructively with prison authorities to address them.
25th July 2008
UN Committee upholds IPRT concerns and makes Extensive Recommendations on Prison Policy and Conditions
14th July 2008
Justice Michael Kirby of the Australian High Court today launches a new Shadow Report on Ireland's compliance with UN human rights standards, published by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres), and the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT).
14th May 2008
Ireland Faces Summer Grilling from UN, say human rights groups. The Government faces a "summer grilling" from the United Nations Human Rights Committee according to official papers released by the UN today (14 May 2008). Three leading human rights groups (ICCL, FLAC and IPRT) have welcomed the publication of the "list of issues" that the Committee will raise with an Irish Government delegation in Geneva this summer.
30th April 2008
Two leading human rights groups, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) have said that the Government is "short-changing" the Council of Europe, by refusing to implement key recommendations in a new report by its Commissioner for Human Rights.
6th March 2008
The Irish Penal Reform Trust today welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Children of the Government's decision to build a national child detention facility that will house all child offenders. IPRT strongly hopes that today's announcement will make redundant the contingency plans of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to transfer child offenders to the new prison in Thornton Hall on the closure of St. Patrick's. IPRT will be bringing forward proposals to bring the new facility international best practice. However, IPRT retains concerns about the overall rate of detention of children in Ireland. Much remains to be done to ensure that children are diverted from the criminal justice system wherever possible.