Irish Prison Service Confidential Helpline
Daily Prisoner Population Breakdown
Friday 5th February 2016
To view the number in custody in each of our prisons click here
(More detailed Statistical Information is available in the Information Centre or by clicking here)
11 January 2016
Minister Fitzgerald commences Fines (Payment and Recovery) Act 2014
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD has today commenced the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Act 2014 marking an historic day for the fines payment system in Ireland.
Minister Fitzgerald remarked that the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Act 2014 delivers on the Programme for Government commitment to introduce attachment of earnings to recover unpaid fines. Under this Act the law has been radically reformed in relation to the payment and recovery of fines.
14 December 2015
Minister Welcomes the Publication of the CSO Recidivism Studies for 2009 Cohorts
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD welcomed the publication of the third Central Statistics Office Recidivism Studies for the Irish Prison Service and Probation Service.
The studies report on:
Prison Recidivism which is a detailed study on those who were released from a custodial prison sentence in 2009 and were subsequently convicted of a further offence up to the end of 2012 and
Probation Recidivism which is a detailed study of recidivism (re-offending) among offenders placed under Probation Service supervision in 2009.
To access the reports Click here
3 December 2015
Minister Publishes legislation for the Closure of St. Patrick's Institution.
Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality, today published the Prisons Bill 2015.
The main purpose of the Prisons Bill is to facilitate the complete closing of St Patrick’s Institution. The Bill will repeal statutory provisions that enable the courts to order the detention of offenders under the age of 21 in St Patrick’s Institution and will also delete references to St Patrick’s Institution from the statute book. Read more
To view the legislation click here
3 December 2015
Civil Service Awards showcase staff excellence & innovation in Justice & Equality sector
Staff excellence and innovation in the justice and equality sector will be showcased at the Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards ceremony being held later today at Dublin Castle. Five projects from the justice and equality sector are among the 32 finalists in the first annual ‘Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards’, the overall results of which will be announced at today's event. Read more
30 November 2015
Minister launches the Joint Agency Response to Crime (JARC)
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. today launched the Joint Agency Response to Crime initiative (J-ARC). J-ARC is a joint strategy between An Garda Síochána, the Probation Service and the Irish Prison Service.
26 November 2015
Minister Fitzgerald Announces Public consultation Stage for Proposed Development at Limerick Prison
Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality has today announced that the public consultation process on planning proposals for a major development at Limerick Prison commenced earlier today, Thursday 26th November 2015, with the publication of a Notice of Development.
24th November 2015
Ireland Live (UTV) - Midlands prison: life behind bars
11 November 2015
29th October 2015
Brand new series 'The Joy' coming soon to TV3
6th October 2015
RTE Feature on New Parenting Initiative in Limerick Prison
RTE Reporter Brian O'Connell visited Limerick Prison to talk with some of the people involved in a new parenting initiative which has been launched in limerick Prison. To listen to the feature click here
2 October 2015
RTE Feature on the IPS Confidential Telephone Line
RTE visited OSG Headquarters to meet with the staff operating the IPS new Confidential Telephone Line. To view the report click here
2013/2014 IASIO Biennial Report Launched by Minister
The Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders (IASIO) 2013/2014 Biennial Report, was launched on Thursday, 24th September 2015 by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D.
The Report is available for download on the IASIO website by clicking here
To access the Minister's speech click here
18 September 2015
State Funeral for Thomas Kent
The Irish Prison Service was delighted to participate in the State Funeral on 18th September 2015. The remains of Thomas Kent were formally removed from Cork Prison during a private ceremony on Friday morning. A Guard of Honour of Cork Prison staff lined the route and a lone Prison Service piper played a lament.