Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said that based on their own legal advice, her department does not accept the findings of the Data Protection Commissioner in relation to the Public Services Card.
Wed, 04 Sep, 2019
Around 3m people who have been issued Personal Services Cards (PSC) could be entitled to claim compensation from the State, a legal expert has claimed.
Fri, 09 Feb, 2018
Human rights officers should be appointed to every area of policing as part of a comprehensive framework to address persistent problems in An Garda Síochána.
Tue, 30 Jan, 2018
Former Supreme Court Judge and first President of the Irish Human Rights Commission, Donal Barrington, has died.
Wed, 03 Jan, 2018
What began as an idea to help improve heading proficiency in football could, in these fast-changing and uncertain times, turn out to be something which helps ensure that one of the sport’s signature but now increasingly controversial skills, can safely retain its place in the game, writes
Sat, 02 Dec, 2017
The Government has been urged to be more transparent about plans for the controversial Public Service Card.
Wed, 11 Oct, 2017
Civil rights campaigners say they are seeking clarity around the mandatory use of the public services card as the Government confirmed it will be required to secure passports in future.
Tue, 29 Aug, 2017
The new chief adviser to President Michael D Higgins is to have a salary just below the Government wage cap following the abrupt departure of his better paid predecessor.
Tue, 21 Jan, 2014
Cork Prison is being hit by a “perfect storm” of high committal numbers, crumbling facilities, serious overcrowding, and poor mental health services.
Sat, 04 Jan, 2014
Debenhams finance boss Simon Herrick has resigned just days after the department store chain’s shock profits warning following disappointing Christmas trading.
Thu, 02 Jan, 2014
The report of a seven-year inquiry into the savage death of a prisoner, which has been dogged by delays and obstacles, will be sent to Justice Minister Alan Shatter by the end of the year.
Mon, 07 Oct, 2013
Prisoners subjected to 22 and 23 hour lock-up are at greater risk of mental health, campaigners have said.
Tue, 23 Jul, 2013
Concerns are being raised as to how the educational and childcare requirements of young offenders being transferred from St Patrick’s Institution to Wheatfield Prison are going to be met.
Fri, 05 Jul, 2013
The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has announced the closure of St Patrick's Institution for young offenders in Dublin.
Wed, 03 Jul, 2013
Expansion plans for Cork Prison which include double occupancy cells have been described as “regrettable and regressive” by the Irish Penal Reform Trust.
Thu, 13 Jun, 2013
Mandatory sentencing should be abolished for all offences except murder, legal experts have advised the Government.
Tue, 11 Jun, 2013
The number of offenders in Dóchas Women’s Prison continues to rise with 135 inmates packed into a jail with 105 beds.
Wed, 05 Jun, 2013
Penal reformers have urged Irish authorities not to go down the road of the new “get tough” approach to prisoners in England.
Tue, 07 May, 2013
The number of people being sent to jail for non-payment of fines has surged to more than 7,400 — an increase of 60% in just three years.
Mon, 04 Feb, 2013
More than 30,000 cases of temporary release have been granted in prisons over the last eight months, official figures show.
Tue, 27 Nov, 2012
Inmates jailed for less than five years should have their sentences halved to tackle chronic overcrowding, campaigners have said today.
Mon, 22 Oct, 2012
The Government should consider shutting down St Patrick’s Institution given growing revelations about violence there, penal reformers have suggested.
Thu, 20 Sep, 2012
Penal reformers have expressed concern at the increase in female prisoners and the persistent use of prison for fine defaulters.
Wed, 08 Aug, 2012
The Irish Penal Reform Trust has welcomed the release of the last 16-year-old child from jail, ending a much-condemned aspect of Ireland’s prison system.
Tue, 07 Aug, 2012
Penal reformers have called for reform of the Parole Board, saying the current system of appointment by the minister for justice undermines its independence.
Tue, 07 Aug, 2012
Some 1,200 prisoners are to be released over the next three years as the Irish Prison Service seeks to tackle a long-running overcrowding problem.
Mon, 30 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
The head of the Irish Penal Reform Trust Liam Herrick has said that the electronic tagging of prisoners could work in some circumstances, but questions about the system need to be answered.
Fri, 13 Apr, 2012
Government failures to protect children’s health, welfare and rights are still rife despite commitments to do better in all areas, the national coalition of children’s organisations has warned.
Mon, 23 Jan, 2012
Pressure is mounting on the Government to stop detaining teenage boys in adult prison facilities at Saint Patrick's Institution.
Wed, 04 Jan, 2012
AN INDEPENDENT and effective complaints body such as a prison ombudsman must be established to ensure prisoners are protected from ill-treatment and from reprisals as a consequence of their complaints, the UN Committee Against Torture has recommended.
Tue, 07 Jun, 2011
THE Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has described as “disturbing” findings in an independent report of a “culture of impunity” among some prison officers in Mountjoy Jail.
Thu, 07 Apr, 2011
Fri, 14 Jan, 2011
Mon, 13 Dec, 2010
Prisoners’ rights groups said today that overcrowding and conditions were to blame for a riot at Mountjoy jail in which three officers and an inmate were injured.
Fri, 15 Oct, 2010
TOO many low-level drug dealers are being handed down long sentences while criminal bosses continue to escape from the law, it has been claimed.
Tue, 10 Aug, 2010
MORE than half of the people who went to prison last year were locked up for road traffic offences and non-payment of court ordered fines, figures from the Irish Prison Service have revealed.
Sat, 07 Aug, 2010
PRISON has been described by the Irish Penal Reform Trust as the worst possible place for a person with schizophrenia and a “powder keg” for people with psychiatric problems after a 25-year-old Dubliner, who suffers from schizoaffective disorder, was found guilty of the manslaughter of a fellow Mountjoy inmate.
Thu, 23 Apr, 2009
PENAL reformers and prison officers have welcomed the first report of the new prisons’ inspector.
Wed, 29 Oct, 2008
Wall Street ended a mildly erratic day slightly lower today after anxiety about widening credit problems offset investor optimism about a $2bn capital infusion into troubled mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp.
Fri, 24 Aug, 2007
Wall Street ended a mildly erratic day slightly lower today after anxiety about widening credit problems offset investor optimism about a $2bn (€1.47bn) capital infusion into troubled mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp.
Thu, 23 Aug, 2007
Stocks closed lower for the second straight session today after the Dow Jones industrial average flirted briefly early in the day with its all-time high close.
Mon, 02 Oct, 2006
US stocks moved down today as investors weighed rising US incomes and consumer spending against lofty oil prices.
Thu, 31 Mar, 2005