Irish Penal Reform Trust

Oireachtas Seminars

Hosted by Senator Ivana Bacik, and initiated with the help of IPRT, the All-Party Group on Penal Reform: Briefing Seminar Series is a series of informal briefings on topical issues for interested members of the Oireachtas and their staff.These seminars provide an opportunity for members of all parties to engage directly with leading experts in the field in private session, focusing on current priorities for penal reform.

Oireachtas Briefing on the Criminal Justice (Rehabilitative Periods) Bill 2018

12th February 2019

Senator Lynn Ruane hosted an Oireachtas Briefing in advance of Seanad Second Stage debate of the Criminal Justice (Rehabilitative Periods) Bill 2018.

Oireachtas Seminar: PIPS and OPCAT

13th December 2017

Senator Ivana Bacik hosted IPRT for an All Party Penal Reform Group Briefing Seminar Wednesday 13th December 2017.

All Party Penal Reform Group Briefing Seminar

6th October 2016

Senator Ivana Bacik hosted the first All Party Penal Reform Group Briefing Seminar of the 32nd Dáil and the 25th Seanad on Thursday 6th October 2016 in the AV Room, Leinster House. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan TD introduced a draft Private Member's Bill entitled ‘Parole Bill 2016’ before the Dáil and this formed the topic of the seminar.

Oireachtas Seminar on Spent Convictions Bill

5th February 2015

The eighth seminar for the All Party Oireachtas Penal Reform Group of TDs and Senators discussed the need to pass the Spent Convictions Bill without further delay.

Seanad Debate on Penal Reform

5th November 2014

IPRT welcomed the Seanad Private Member's Motion calling on the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline her proposals for reform of penal policy in the context of the recommendations of (1) Report on Penal Reform by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality and (2) the Strategic Review of Penal Policy Report (SRPPR).

Breakfast Briefing on Penal Reform

28th June 2012

IPRT’s Breakfast Briefing on Penal Reform took place at Buswell’s Hotel on Thursday, 28th June, 2012. The materials can be downloaded here.

Oireachtas Seminar on St Patrick's Institution

15th November 2011

The seventh seminar for the All Party Oireachtas Penal Reform Group of TDs and Senators focused on the incarceration of children in St Patrick’s Institution.

Oireachtas Seminar on Spent Convictions

10th May 2011

The sixth seminar for the All Party Oireachtas Penal Reform Group of TDs and Senators, and the first of the new Dáil session, focused on Spent Convictions legislation.

Oireachtas Seminar on Smart Investment (Budget 2011)

2nd December 2010

The fifth seminar for the All Party Oireachtas Penal Reform Group of TDs and Senators focused on 'Smart Investment and the Crime Dimension to Budget 2011’.

Oireachtas Seminar on Reintegration of Offenders

2nd June 2010

A summary of IPRT's Oireachtas Seminar dealing with Spent Convictions, and other critical supports of the reintegration of offenders.

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