50 inmates protest over access to exercise yard at Midlands Prison

It is understood that the inmates refused to leave the yard after they had staged a dirty protest in their cells.

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Department of Justice criticised for 'failing' to tackle TB outbreak concerns in prisons

Dáil public accounts committee chair and Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming made the claim at the latest meeting of the group this morning, saying the delay has put public money and prisoner health at risk.

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Two prison units opened and 100 cells doubled up to tackle overcrowding

Two prison units are being opened and 100 cells are being 'doubled up' in a bid to deal with a resurgence in overcrowding in prisons.

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Manhunt underway after violent prisoner escapes from Dublin hospital

Separate investigations are underway after a violent prisoner – serving eight-and-a-half years for a vicious knife attack – escaped from a Dublin hospital while in the custody of prison officers.

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Prisons to ease sex offender therapy backlog

The Irish Prison Service has sought to ease fears of a backlog of sex offenders waiting to enter its tailored treatment programme.

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Concern voiced after fire breaks out at Portlaoise jail

No one was injured in the fire which started in the attic in the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise.

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Report details allegations of 'inappropriate relationships' between women and male staff at Dóchas centre

An explosive new report published by the Department of Justice is reporting allegations of “inappropriate relationships” between some women prisoners at the Dóchas centre in Dublin “and a small number of male staff”.

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Prison Service spent €30k on spying

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) paid nearly €30,000 to two private investigation firms, it has emerged, as an investigation continues into claims that officers were tracked and monitored during covert surveillance on the country’s prisons.

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Prison service facing up to claims of covert surveillance

With confirmation that the prison service has employed two private investigation firms, we do not know what service they provided, writes Michael Clifford.

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Prison officers make sexual harassment disclosures

Five prison officers have come forward to make sexual harassment protected disclosure complaints since last summer amid concerns over the safety of staff in their workplace.

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Five prison officers make sexual harassment complaints since last summer

Five prison officers have come forward to make sexual harassment protected disclosure complaints since last summer amid concerns over the safety of staff in their workplace.

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Prison officer still waits for contact in ‘urgent’ inquiry

The prison officer who made allegations of malpractice in the prison service has still not been contacted despite an “urgent” inquiry being set up by the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan two weeks ago.

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Senior prison union figure tracked

A senior figure in the Prison Officers’ Association (POA), suspected of smuggling drugs into jail, had a tracker device placed on his family car as part of a covert surveillance operation.

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‘Prisoner death record-keeping misleading’

The concerns of a prison whistleblower, revealed this week in the Irish Examiner, were not the first words of caution about the handling of inmates’ deaths.

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We forget that prisoners are people too

The overwhelming majority of the incarcerated come from disadvantaged areas of the State, writes Michael Clifford

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Prison surveillance allegations 'raise serious issues which need to be addressed', says Flanagan

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has demanded an urgent investigation into allegations that prison officer staff have been subject to surveillance.

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Mother warned NI prison that son had threatened to kill himself

The mother of a man found hanging in a prison cell told staff he had threatened to kill himself a few hours before his death, a report has found.

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Whistleblower prison officer wins €30k for poor treatment

A prison officer has been awarded €30,000 as a result of unfair treatment he received after making a protected disclosure, writes Michael Clifford

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Seven people dead in one of Mexico's most troubled jails

An hours-long gun battle at a northern Mexico prison has left seven people dead and 13 injured, authorities said.

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Almost half of Irish prisoners 'reoffend within three years of release'

Almost half of prisoners released from jail in Ireland reoffend within three years, figures released today have indicates.

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