Wednesday 4th December 2013
Daily Prisoner Population Breakdown
To view the number in custody in each of our prisons click here
Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Inspector of Prison Interim Report on the Dóchas Centre published by the Minister for Justice and Equality.
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence has published the Inspector of Prisons Interim Report on the Dóchas Centre.
Minister Shatter welcomed the Report and said, "I have studied the Report and am grateful to the Inspector for his work in this regard. His work is much appreciated by me and invaluable in providing effective independent oversight of our prisons. I look forward to the Inspector’s comprehensive report on the Dóchas Centre in six months time."
The Minister has noted the Inspector’s positive comments in relation to the response of prison management, campus management and the Irish Prison Service to concerns raised by him in previous reports regarding the Dóchás Centre such as homelessness for women prisoners on release, overcrowding and the negative impact this can have on prisoners.
11 November 2013
Loughan House Prisoners Get on their Bikes for Africa
A prisoner working on a bike in the Loughan bike workshop.
Prisoners in Loughan House open prison have been refurbishing second hand bicycles which are bound for Africa in a unique partnership with the Rotary Club. Over 500 bikes collected by Rotary Clubs all around Ireland have been collected and sent to Loughan House open prison in Blacklion, Co Cavan where they have been refurbished by the prisoners in a dedicated bicycle workshop. The 500 refurbished bicycles are now being shipped from Loughan House to the Gambia by the UK based charity, "jole rider" as part of their Bikes4Africa project.
11 November 2013
Open Competition- Head of Irish Prison Service College (Governor III)
The position of Irish Prison Service Head of IPS College (Governor III) has been advertised by the Public Appointments Service with a closing date of 28 November 2013. More details and how to apply can be found by clicking the here or by logging on to:
25 October 2013
Census of Prisoner Population Including Restricted Regimes and Cell Occupancy,
1 October 2013.
The Irish Prison Service Statistics Office has commenced the collation of a Census of the Prison Population which includes an examination of the prisoners who exist on a restricted regime, meaning their out of cell time is restricted to 5 hours or less per day. To view the results of the Census from the 1st October 2013 click the following link.
25 September 2013
Fines (Payment and Recvery) Bill 2013, Second Stage Speech by Minister for Justice and Equality.
The Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013 is a very important piece of legislation with three main objectives: restoring confidence in the administration of justice where fines have been imposed by our courts ; ensuring that the fines imposed by the courts are collected; and reducing, to the minimum possible the number of people committed to prison each year for the non-payment of a fine. Read more...
12 September 2013
31 Bóthar calves to be raised by Loughan House prisoners for Rwandan community
(In picture Bóthar patron Neven Maguire, Founder Peter Ireton and
Loughan Governor Ethel Gavin - Picture by Lorraine Teevan)
Prisoners at Loughan House in Co. Cavan have begun rearing 30 Irish dairy calves that will be airlifted next year to a Rwandan community where they will produce off-spring and supply milk to a community creamery being developed there by Irish international aid agency Bóthar. Read more
12 September 2013
Minister Publishes Loughan House, Mountjoy, Portaoise, St Patricks, Training Unit and Wheatfield Visiting Committees reports 2012
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter TD has, today, published the Visiting Committee Reports for Loughan House, Mountjoy, Portlaoise, St Patrick's Institution and Wheatfield Prison. to read more click here
To read the Visiting committee Report for each prison Click Here
22 July 2013
Statement by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence in relation to the IRA admission of the killing of Chief Officer Brian Stack RIP
Minister Shatter publishes Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD has today published the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013. The Bill represents a major reform of the fine payment and recovery system in Ireland and provides for the payment of fines by instalment and attachment of earnings. Read more
3 July 2013
Minister publishes Inspector of Prisons Annual Report for 2012; An Assessment of the Irish Prison System by the Inspector of Prisons and announces plans for the future use of St Patrick’s Institution
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr Alan Shatter TD, today published the 2012 Annual Report of the Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, along with his report entitled "An Assessment of the Irish Prison System", and announced plans for the future use of St. Patrick's Institution. Read more