More than two-thirds of investigations into the deaths of vulnerable prisoners since 2012 have raised concerns about “misleading” or inaccurate record-keeping by prison staff, and the care afforded to inmates who have suicidal ideation and mental health problems.
Tue, 07 Aug, 2018
Sourcing his material from former prisoners, director Frank Berry wanted to get the experience of a first-time inmate on to the big screen, he tells
Sat, 04 Nov, 2017
The girlfriend of the man jailed for shooting a girl in the neck believes he’s innocent and said she plans to stand by him.
Sat, 18 Feb, 2017
The number of people being jailed for failing to pay court fines has fallen by around 1,000 following the introduction of laws aimed at effectively eliminating the sanction.
Sat, 03 Dec, 2016
A man on trial accused of murdering a fellow Cork Prison inmate asked a witness not to go back to his cell because he was “fearful” the deceased “would do something to him”, a jury has heard.
Mon, 24 Oct, 2016
Fri, 16 Sep, 2016
A former inmate who was left overnight in an external prison exercise yard is suing the State for the injury and distress he says it caused.
Wed, 06 Jul, 2016
The school in the new Cork Prison has been closed after a leak caused significant water damage.
Fri, 17 Jun, 2016
Prison officers have told an inquest that they would have placed a prisoner, deemed by medical staff in another prison to be at “unprecedented” risk of suicide, in a padded cell had they known the level of risk.
Sat, 16 Apr, 2016
The partner of a prisoner deemed to be at “unprecedented” risk of suicide said she was extremely concerned for his welfare during a prison visit just days before he was found dead in his cell.
Fri, 15 Apr, 2016
Tue, 20 Oct, 2015
“Cork Prison is the worst jail in the system. It’s inhumane.”
Tue, 04 Aug, 2015
The director general of the Irish Prison Service has said that the long-awaited introduction of an installment system to pay court fines will have a “huge impact” on the numbers being sent to jail.
Tue, 04 Aug, 2015
A prison watchdog has raised concerns at the ability of Oberstown children’s detention school to handle violent 17-year-old offenders.
Thu, 28 May, 2015
The Government has been accused of creating a highly dangerous ‘revolving-door’ prison system after it was revealed that a convicted killer and dozens more violent offenders were among more than 500 prisoners on temporary release this week.
Sat, 07 Mar, 2015
The Inspector of Prisons has been expressing concerns about bullying in Irish jails.
Thu, 09 Oct, 2014
Thirteen fresh charges have been brought against a man accused of crashing a stolen car into a motorcycle garda and endangering his life.
Wed, 11 Jun, 2014
The overcrowding crisis in women’s prisons continues to deepen, with 40% of female inmates being let out on temporary release due to a dire shortage of space.
Thu, 08 May, 2014
Serious overcrowding, violence and cuts in resources have impacted on inmates in the prison system, according to the Visiting Committee.
Thu, 01 May, 2014
The noise and disruption from building work on the new €35m Cork Prison forced a woman recovering from cancer to leave her home.
Wed, 16 Apr, 2014
Children and families of prisoners are critical to the re-integration of their loved ones back into society, says Fiona Donson.
Thu, 23 Jan, 2014
Residents on Cork’s northside are to meet next Tuesday week to decide whether or not to co-operate with the construction of a new prison.
Thu, 09 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
Six out of 10 people sent to Cork Prison are jailed for non-payment of court fines, putting huge pressure on the system.
Thu, 02 Jan, 2014
MICHAEL Donnellan runs his fingers across computer printouts and architectural drawings of the new Cork Prison.
Thu, 02 Jan, 2014
An Irish Muslim wanted in the US on terrorism charges is suing the State for allegedly breaching his constitutional rights to privacy, dignity, and the ability to practice his religion while held in Cork Prison.
Wed, 17 Jul, 2013
Justice Minister Alan Shatter has said changes have been made to plans for a new Cork Prison to address some concerns raised by the city council and residents.
Thu, 20 Jun, 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
Many jailed sex offenders are released into an “unsupervised and unsupported abyss” that inevitably results in them reoffending and returning to prison, an official inspection body has said.
Sat, 08 Jun, 2013
The redevelopment of Cork Prison looks set to go ahead after Justice Minister Alan Shatter dismissed an overwhelmingly negative local response to the €22m plan.
Sat, 08 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
A group providing support services to visitors to Cork Prison have demanded a change to the current visiting regime and said some children are not seeing their fathers due to the rules in place.
Tue, 20 Nov, 2012
PRISON bosses have insisted that methadone treatment is available in Cork Prison to inmates with a heroin addiction, contrary to comments by a circuit court judge earlier this week.
Thu, 10 Nov, 2011
CORK Prison should introduce facilities to assist prisoners dealing with heroin addiction, Cork’s senior Circuit Court judge said yesterday, adding that heroin had become one of the terrible curses in the city.
Tue, 08 Nov, 2011
THE Government is planning a mini-Thornton Hall and a new Cork prison as it revealed prison numbers could jump by 50% over the next five years.
Fri, 29 Jul, 2011
PENAL reform campaigners have hailed Government prison plans as marking a “new departure” in justice policy.
Fri, 29 Jul, 2011
PRISON bosses said there are plans to set up a methadone service in Cork Prison — but are not certain when it will begin operating.
Wed, 08 Dec, 2010
A PRISONER facing a long sentence for dealing heroin who carried heroin, cannabis and 180 anti-depressant tablets into prison inside his body was given an additional year in jail yesterday.
Sat, 04 Dec, 2010
A teenager who was charged in relation to the fatal stabbing of a man in Blarney, Co Cork, on Saturday night was refused bail at Cork District Court today.
Mon, 28 Sep, 2009
THIS week has been dominated by the appalling abuse report, how children were sent to institutions unfit for purpose and abused.
Sat, 23 May, 2009
A prison officer suffered head and facial injuries today when he was attacked by an inmate at Cork Prison.
Wed, 08 Oct, 2008
Concluding our series on the prison system, Cormac O’Keeffe examines government penal policy and finds rehabilitation is possible.
Thu, 15 May, 2008