The Department of Defence has agreed to pay financial compensation and provide extra days leave to soldiers after it was alleged they worked excessive hours which breached the EU Working Time Directive (WTD).
Fri, 08 Nov, 2019
Convicted killer Frederick 'Freddie' Thompson has brought a High Court challenge over what he claims is the " extremely oppressive" and the "severe" regime he is being subjected to at Portlaoise Prison.
Thu, 08 Aug, 2019
Sources at every level within the Irish Prison Service have contacted theover the years to express concerns, ranging from sexual harassment to malpractice in the investigation of deaths in custody, writes
Fri, 21 Jun, 2019
A man serving a 20-year sentence arising from the shooting of publican Charlie Chawke has failed to get a High Court inquiry into his detention on grounds he is illegally detained in an "alien" county, Co Laois, where the people are "GAA supporters to a child".
Thu, 14 Jun, 2018
Detectives investigating the shooting of dissident republican Peter Butterly have denied that offers to drop a murder charge were made to an accused man who turned prosecution witness before he gave a statement about the case.
Thu, 02 Feb, 2017
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has become embroiled in a damaging row with the son of provisional IRA victim Brian Stack after insisting he received the names of four people involved in his murder from the grieving family.
Wed, 30 Nov, 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called on Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams to clarify who gave him the names of four senior provisional IRA members who may have been involved in the 1983 murder of prison officer Brian Stack.
Tue, 29 Nov, 2016
High-support units should be introduced in all Irish prisons and prison staff should get ongoing training on mental health issues, an inquest jury recommended yesterday after returning a verdict of suicide in the case of a prisoner who was found dead in his cell over three years ago.
Sun, 25 Sep, 2016
Defects inherent in the old Cork Prison building in terms of housing vulnerable and suicidal prisoners have been rectified at the new multi-million euro facility, Cork Coroners’ Court heard yesterday.
Sun, 04 Sep, 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
A former detective garda has hit out at the lack of “danger money” for gardaí even though he claimed they are doing the same job of prison officers, who have shared in a €1m allowances for dealing with dangerous criminals.
Thu, 07 Apr, 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
“I just didn’t think, I just jumped into the car.” Those were the words of Finbarr O’Rourke, the man who consumed up to 10 pints of cider before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle and crashing into a family car, resulting in the death of a four-year-old boy.
Wed, 28 Oct, 2015
A Belfast man yesterday lost a High Court challenge to his 1970s Portlaoise Prison medical records being handed over to the Public Prosecution Service of Northern Ireland for use as evidence in an attempted murder charge which he currently faces.
Wed, 19 Aug, 2015