Daily Prisoner Population Breakdown
Friday 27th March 2015
To view the number in custody in each of our prisons click here
Thursday 12 March 2015
REVIEW OF THE IRISH PRISON SERVICE
The Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly has announced that the Review of the Irish Prison Service has commenced. The Office of the Inspector of Prisons invites interested parties to make submissions relevant to the Terms of Reference announced on 16 February 2015.
Click here for information relevant to submissions
Click here for announcement of review
Monday 2 March 2015
Statement by Irish Prison Service on Engagement with Prison Officers Association
Following coverage in the media the Irish Prison Service strongly urges the Prison Officers Association (POA) to continue to work within the well established industrial relations machinery to resolve any issues of dispute. This is critical in order to ensure that the Service continues to deliver on its mission of providing safe and secure custody, dignity of care and rehabilitation to prisoners for safer communities.
There have been a number of comments in the press concerning ongoing industrial relations issues between the Irish Prison Service and the Prison Officers Association. The Irish Prison Service strongly and absolutely rejects the assertions regarding management practices in the Irish Prison Service. These statements are inaccurate and misleading. On the contrary, prison service management have always held the door open for meaningful negotiations with the Prison Officers Association as a means of settling disagreements. In addition, there are well established mechanisms contained within the Croke Park and Haddington Road agreements which provide a framework for parties to engage, to address and resolve issues of implementation as they arise.
To read the full IPS Statement click here
Tuesday 17th February 2015
Statement by the Irish Prison Service - Escape from Custody
The Irish Prison Service can confirm that on Tuesday 17th February 2015 a prisoner, from Portlaoise Prison, escaped from the custody of prison staff while on escort to Tallaght Hospital. The Prisoner Derek Brockwell, date of birth 05/03/1961, was serving a total of 7 years in custody for robbery and possession of firearms. During the escape two prison officers were seriously injured and have undergone surgery for their injuries and are now recovering in Tallaght hospital.
A full investigation has commenced to establish the facts and circumstances leading to this very serious incident. All issues including the circumstances surrounding the decision to remove the armed escort will be examined in the course of this investigation and any additional security measures which may be identified as necessary once the investigation has been concluded will then be considered
The Director General has visited the officers this morning in Tallaght hospital and also spoken to some family members. The Director General of the Irish Prison Service Michael Donnellan has said that his thoughts are with our injured staff, their families and all the staff of the Irish Prison Service at this time.
The Gardaí have requested assistance from the public in recapturing the prison. Click here to view the Garda statement.