Irish Penal Reform Trust

Ebulletin #100

11th January 2019

IPRT Ebulletin

  1. News from IPRT Executive Director
  2. Save the Date: IPRT 'Care and Justice' Report Launch
  3. Get Connected
  4. Featured Event: One Day Symposium on Restorative Justice, Maynooth University
  5. Become a Member or a Friend of IPRT

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News from IPRT Executive Director

Welcome to the first edition of the IPRT E-bulletin in 2019. It is significant that our 100th E-bulletin comes in the year of our 25th birthday celebrations.

After 5 years in the role of Executive Director, I wish to announce that I will be leaving my post on 8th February 2019 to take up a new opportunity. Since becoming Executive Director in March 2014 it has been my privilege to work alongside the Board of IPRT, the IPRT team, Members & Friends of IPRT, our funders and stakeholders to ensure the continued positive impact of IPRT’s evidence-informed advocacy on the penal policy landscape in Ireland.

Due to the hard work of the Board and staff team, and the support of members, donors and funders over the past number of years, IPRT is in a sustainable position. Although we should never become complacent, I am confident that IPRT will continue to thrive going forward, and to deliver on our ambitious plan of evidence-informed penal reform in Ireland, for a fairer and more just penal system for all.

When I leave my post on 8th February 2019, I will leave IPRT in the very capable hands of Fíona Ní Chinnéide, currently Deputy Executive Director, who will take up the role of Acting Executive Director.

The post of Executive Director has been advertised, with a deadline for applications of 25th January 2019. More information is available at I would ask you to share the advertisement for this exciting and rewarding opportunity among your contacts.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for your ongoing support of IPRT. The IPRT team looks forward to keeping you updated on our projects and progress in the coming year.

Warm regards,

Deirdre Malone
Executive Director


Save the date: IPRT ‘Care and Justice’ Report Launch

On 26th February 2019, IPRT will publish our latest research report, which examines the over-representation of children in the care system in the criminal justice system, and makes clear recommendations on how the state can and should better support these children. The research was carried out by Dr Nicola Carr (University of Nottingham) and Dr Paula Mayock (Trinity College Dublin), and is funded by The Community Foundation for Ireland.

We are delighted that the Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Niall Muldoon will launch the report. The event takes place at 4.30pm on Tuesday 26th February 2019 in the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO), Millennium House, 52-56 Great Strand Street, Dublin 1.

More details will follow soon. To register an interest in attending, email

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Get Connected

Social media has become a key tool for achieving progressive social change in Ireland. As well as our research and advocacy work, IPRT uses our social media platforms to keep our supporters informed, extend our audiences, and foster wider debate.

Our social media channels are the best place to receive real-time updates on our work, with resources from our campaigns and research projects posted there channels before they reach our Ebulletin.

Join us on social media and consider sharing our content to help us achieve our shared goals.

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Featured Event: One-day restorative justice symposium at Maynooth University

On 1st March 2019, a one-day symposium on restorative justice will take place at Maynooth University as part of the new international collaboration Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change. This event will bring together a broad stakeholder group from across the Republic of Ireland to explore how they might work together to stimulate the implementation of the new Council of Europe Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)8 concerning restorative justice in criminal matters in the Irish criminal justice system.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ian Marder on


Become a Member or a Friend of IPRT

 Would you like to become a member of IPRT?

Annual membership is just €10 for students, €40 for individuals, €80 for organisations/firms, and free to prisoners and their families.By becoming a member of IPRT you will be expressing your support for urgent penal reform in Ireland. Why not consider becoming an IPRT member now?

Friends of IPRT

By becoming a Friend of IPRT and making an annual contribution of €250 or more over a 3-year period, you are making a real, meaningful investment in the work that we do. Your pledge will help to secure our core work, ensuring that IPRT can and will continue to advocate for positive penal policy reform in Ireland. Become a Friend here in three simple, secure steps.

IPRT relies on donations from charitable trusts, individual donations and membership subscriptions to cover operational costs. Our CHY number is 11091.

We have also received funding from two donor-advised funds and two project funds managed by the Community Foundation for Ireland, we were one of the awardees for the inaugural Human Rights and Equality Grants Scheme of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, and we received a donation from the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Community Giving & Charitable Funds 2017.

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