Daily Prisoner Population Breakdown
Monday 29th June 2015
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)
Monday 22nd June 2015
Statement by Irish Prison Service regarding excavation work at Cork Prison to locate the remains of Thomas Kent
Preparation work will begin today, Monday 22nd June 2015, by representatives of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, in cooperation with the Irish Prison Service, to locate the mortal remains of Patriot Thomas Kent believed to be interred in a plot within the grounds of Cork prison.
Archaeologists from that Department will initially prepare the target area for the excavation work and this will proceed throughout this week. Subject to locating human remains, DNA samples will be taken for scientific identification verification purposes and until this is confirmed positively no further statement can issue. A period of 6 to 8 weeks will be required by the specialist laboratory, nominated by the State Pathologist’s Office, to complete this work.
The Irish Prison Service has been requested by the Kent Family to wait until all results of the DNA testing are issued to the State Pathologist’s Office and, in turn, to the Kent Family before any further statement can be made in relation to this important issue and the Irish Prisons Service will honour this request faithfully.
The Kent Family liaison representative has asked that all media cooperate in this regard and has assured that a full and comprehensive statement will issue at that time.
Monday 18th May 2015
Minister Publishes Irish Prison Service Annual Report 2014 and the Irish Prison Service / Probation Service Joint Strategy 2015 - 2017
The Minister for Justice and Equality Ms. Frances Fitzgerald, today published the Annual Report of the Irish Prison Serivce and the Probation Service. The Minister also launched the second Joint Probation Service – Irish Prison Service Strategy which covers the two years 2015 to 2017. This joint strategy sets out how the two Services will work together with their statutory, community and voluntary sector partners to provide a multi-agency approach to offender management and rehabilitation from pre to post imprisonment. Read more
To read the Minister's speech click here
Saturday 9th May 2015
Statement by the Irish Prison Service Regarding death in Custody.
The Irish Prison Service can confirm that a prisoner who was found unresponsive in his cell in Midlands Prison has died in hospital. Read more
Thursday 7th May 2015
Speech by Minister at POA Annual Conference 2015
The Minister for Justice and Equality has addressed the Prison Officers Association Annual Conference in Dromoland. to read the Minister's speech click here
Monday 27th April 2015
Census of Prison Population April 2015 - Restricted Regimes and Cell Occupancy
The latest Statistical Reports on Restricted Regimes and Cell Occupancy are available by clicking the following links:
Wednesday 22nd April 2015
Minister publishes Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners Report for 2014.
The Report by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., to the Houses of the Oireachtas on the Operation of the Transfer of Sentenced Persons Acts, 1995 and 1997 for the period 1 January, 2014 – 31 December, 2014 (In accordance with Section 11 of the Act). To access the Report click here.
Monday 30th March 2015
Oberstown to commence taking 17 year old males remanded in custody from Monday 30th March 2015.
The Minister for Children Dr. James Reilly TD has announced that the Oberstown children detention school campus in Lusk, Co Dublin will commence taking 17 year old males who are newly remanded in custody by the courts on or after Monday, 30 March 2015. Such children are currently remanded in custody to St Patrick’s Institution. Read more
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.