Research conducted on behalf of the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) looked at the experiences of families affected by having a member in jail
Thu, 19 Dec, 2019
There has been a 50% increase in the number of injuries suffered by prison officers dealing with non-compliant prisoners.
Tue, 24 Sep, 2019
Scissor sister, Charlotte Mulhall, 32, and killer waitress, Marta Herda, 29, are just two of 10 women serving life sentences in Ireland.
Mon, 03 Apr, 2017
It is not the fault of the Anglo Trio but they are beneficiaries of a jail system that is unable to perform its only and basic function, lock up all convicted criminals equally and without favour, writes John Cuffe
Tue, 02 Aug, 2016
Convicted criminals have been gifted more than €1m in ‘bus money’ to cover the cost of transport following their release from jail since 2009, new figures have revealed.
Mon, 16 May, 2016
Prison authorities are struggling to combat the problem of smuggling in Irish jails, with new figures revealing that more than 3,200 drug seizures have taken place in prisons over the past three years.
Mon, 07 Dec, 2015
Thu, 16 Apr, 2015
More than 290 prisoners have absconded from the country’s two open centres since 2010 – and 15 remain at large.
Sat, 04 Apr, 2015
Plans are being put in place to deploy mobile phone blocking systems in prisons to prevent inmates running criminal operations from their cells.
Sat, 31 Jan, 2015
Thu, 20 Nov, 2014
The average cost of jailing the three Dundon brothers who were convicted of murder as well as other dangerous criminals at the State’s only high security prison shot up last year.
Sat, 23 Aug, 2014
Some hardened criminals may soon swap ‘Glocks’ for garden hoes to tend to begonias and dahlias.
Thu, 31 Jul, 2014
More than 41,000 sick days were taken by prison staff last year, at a cost of €7.5m to the taxpayer.
Mon, 28 Apr, 2014
There is “no strong evidence” the drugs problem in Irish prisons is reducing, despite the massive security infrastructure put in place, according to a new report.
Fri, 11 Apr, 2014
Transition year students in Tipperary have taken the innovation world by storm following their hugely successful “Bicycles agus Bróga” campaign.
Mon, 24 Mar, 2014
An Irishman transferred to a jail here after being convicted in England in late 2006 on drugs charges has lost his High Court action aimed at securing his release next March.
Sat, 08 Feb, 2014
Six years after a massive crackdown on mobile phones in prisons began, inmates in one jail have been granted permission to have them.
Mon, 25 Nov, 2013
Sales of fake tan and Corona cigars in tuck shops around the country’s prison system contributed to revenues of more than €7.5m.
Tue, 17 Sep, 2013
The Prison Service has introduced a “blanket ban” on all mobile phones in prisons, including those used by prison governors.
Thu, 04 Apr, 2013
Get Rhythm are touring Irish prisons, much as Johnny played the penitentiaries in the US, says Jonathan deBurca Butler
Thu, 21 Mar, 2013
The closure of almost 100 Garda stations has gone ahead as an unrepentant Alan Shatter insisted policing would not be damaged by the move.
Fri, 01 Feb, 2013
A Lithuanian man, who was on the run from prison when he shot dead a man in Co Down, has today been jailed fo seven years.
Mon, 28 Jan, 2013
Drug dealers, perpetrators of assaults, burglars, and robbers account for the bulk of inmates who are part of a supervised early release scheme.
Mon, 31 Dec, 2012
THE abuse of legal tranquillisers, already a major problem in the community, is now a cause of concern in prisons.
Mon, 16 Jul, 2012
Pill-popping prisoners are costing the State €3m a year — or almost €700 for every inmate in the system.
Prison officers are calling for an independent review of the gang problem in the country’s jails.
Thu, 26 Apr, 2012
Three prisoners have been returned to custody after absconding from an open prison yesterday.
Wed, 25 Apr, 2012
Alan Shatter has confirmed there are two other prisoners in homicide related cases that remain at large after walking free from “open prisons”.
Mon, 23 Apr, 2012
Electronic tagging of prisoners will not necessarily lead to a reduction in the country’s prison population, the Irish Penal Reform Trust has warned.
Sat, 14 Apr, 2012
Prison chief Michael Donnellan apologised “completely and unreservedly” yesterday for the decision to transfer garda killer Martin McDermott from a closed jail to an open prison.
Fri, 30 Mar, 2012
Justice Minister Alan Shatter has today apologised for the transfer of a Garda-killer to a low-security prison, from which he later escaped.
Thu, 29 Mar, 2012
The Director General of the Irish Prison Service Michael Donnellan has apologised unreservedly for the decision to move an inmate from the Midlands prison to an open centre in Co. Cavan, from which he escaped twice.
It has emerged that a prisoner who escaped from an open prison earlier this month had absconded from the same facility once before.
The family of Garda Gary McLoughlin have expressed their shock and upset that the man found responsible for his death was sent to a low security prison from which he was able to escape.
Fri, 23 Mar, 2012
A court in Derry has remanded Martin McDermott in custody, charged with assaulting three police officers, resisting a police officer, disorderly behaviour and criminal damage.
Sat, 17 Mar, 2012
The Donegal man who escaped from a prison in Co Cavan on Thursday night has appeared before Derry magistrates court today.
A garda killer who escaped from an open prison faces multiple charges in Derry, it has emerged.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter has ordered an investigation into how a Garda killer caught on the run in the North escaped from prison.
Fri, 16 Mar, 2012
A garda killer who went on the run after escaping a low security prison has been caught in the North.
A manhunt is underway for a prisoner who escaped from a low-security jail in Co Cavan last night.
NEARLY 200 prisoners have registered to vote in Election 2011, significantly down on the 2007 election.
Wed, 23 Feb, 2011
A total of 134 prisoners will be granted temporary release this Christmas, it was confirmed today.
Thu, 23 Dec, 2010
PRISON bosses were last night taken to task for awarding contracts worth around €95 million to one company without going to tender.
Fri, 10 Dec, 2010
Prison bosses were tonight taken to task for awarding contracts worth around €95m to one company without going to tender.
Thu, 09 Dec, 2010
CONVICTED murderer Sean Courtney has an annual Mass said in prison for his victim, Patricia O’Toole, his father has revealed.
Wed, 08 Sep, 2010
CONVICTED murderer Sean Courtney fathered a child while on day release visits to his partner and now wants a date set for his release.
Mon, 06 Sep, 2010
Hundreds of inmates have been forced to double up in cells due to chronic overcrowding in the country's prisons, it emerged today.
Sun, 15 Mar, 2009
ONE prisoner has died while in custody in an Irish jail every six weeks since the start of 2007, the Department of Justice has confirmed.
Thu, 26 Feb, 2009
THE new prison inspector has found that a large percentage of inmates at an open centre are not engaged in any structured activity.
Tue, 28 Oct, 2008
A man has been found dead in his cell at a prison in Co Cavan today.
Fri, 08 Aug, 2008
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