Daily Prisoner Population Breakdown
Tuesday 22nd July 2014
To view the number in custody in each of our prisons click here
16 July 2014
Cost Per Available Staffed Prison Space in 2013
The average annual cost of an available, staffed prison space during the calendar year 2013 was €65,542, a very small increase on the 2012 cost of €65,404.
Consistent with calculations in previous years, only costs under the direct control of the Irish Prison Service are included. Capital expenditure, including building and equipment assets and small works, is excluded from the calculations in the interest of facilitating comparisons between prison types and year-on-year.
To read more click here
19th June 2014
Irish charity ‘Dogs for the Disabled’ launches unique breeding programme with the Irish Prison Service and introduces its newest recruits.
This Thursday, 19th June, Irish charity ‘Dogs for the Disabled’ officially launched its unique partnership with the Irish Prison Service. Mary O’Connor, Governor of the Dóchas Centre and Patrick Corcoran, Assistant Governor at Shelton Abbey Prison, were on hand along with Dogs for the Disabled CEO, Jennifer Dowler, to introduce their newest recruits, nine Labrador puppies, from their unique breeding programme.
Prisoners at the Dochas Centre and Shelton Abbey are carefully selected to care for the puppies and their mother throughout the pregnancy and birth, and to help with their training at a later stage in their development. The programme is designed to aid with the rehabilitation of the prisoners by reinforcing the importance of responsibility, through the nurturing of the puppies and their mother.
For more information contact the Press Office
12 June 2014
Wheatfield Place of Detention Celebrates 25th Anniversary
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD has officially opened a new staff memorial garden in Wheatfield Place of Detention in honour of all staff who have work there in its 25 year history.
12 May 2014
Recruitment - Mountjoy Campus Governor
This is a position at the most senior operational level in the Irish Prison Service. The Mountjoy campus is comprised of Mountjoy Prison, St Patrick’s Institution, The Training Unit and The Dochas Centre.
The person appointed will be a key member of the Prison Service management team and will be expected to contribute at a strategic level to the achievements of the Prison Service’s goals and objectives.
To view details of this competition click here.
1 May 2014
Minister Shatter publishes the Report of the Commission of Investigation into the death of Gary Douch and the Response by the Irish Prison Service.
The Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence, Alan Shatter TD, and Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch TD, have published the Report of the Commission of Investigation into the death of Gary Douch and the Response by the Director General of the Irish Prison Service, following its consideration by Government yesterday.
The Commission, which was established under the Commission of Investigation Act 2004, submitted its report to the Minister on 5 February, 2014 and can now be published following confirmation from the Office of the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Garda Síochána that publication would not prejudice any criminal proceedings.
To Read the Report and the Response by the Irish Prison Service click here
30 April 2014
Minister for Justice and Equality publishes the Reports for 2013 of the Arbour Hill, Cloverhill, Cork, Dóchás Centre, Loughan House, Portlaoise, St. Patrick’s Institution and Shelton Abbey Visiting Committees.
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, today published the reports for 2013 of the Arbour Hill, Cloverhill, Cork, Dóchás Centre, Loughan House, Portlaoise, St. Patrick’s Institution and Shelton Abbey Visiting Committees.
The function of Visiting Committees is to visit the prison to which they are appointed and hear any complaints which may be made to them by any prisoner. The Committees play a vital role in ensuring the quality of accommodation and catering, medical, educational and welfare services and recreational facilities.
To read the Reports click here.
10 April 2014
Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013 completes its passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas.
Mr Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, today welcomed the completion of the passage of the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013 through both Houses of the Oireachtas. Read more click here
Tuesday 1st April 2014
Statement by the Irish Prison Service in relation to the recording of prisoner phone calls.
The Director General of the Irish Prison Service, Michael Donnellan, has issued a statement regarding the inadvertent recording or prisoners phone calls to their solicitors.
To read the statement in full click here.
To listen to the Director General discuss the matter on RTE Radio One Morning Ireland click here. (Redirects to rte.ie)
6th March 2014
Minister Shatter publishes the Joint Probation Service - Irish Prison Service Women’s Strategy 2014 – 2016 and the Irish Prison Service and Probation Service Annual Reports 2013.
The Minister for Justice Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, has published the Annual Reports of the Irish Prision Service and the Probation Service. The Minister also published the Joint Probation Service Irish Prison Service Womens Strategy 2014-2016.
To read more click here - (Read more)
To access the documents click the following links
5th February 2014
Census of Prisoner Population Including Restricted Regimes and Cell Occupancy,
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 must recent Census from the 14th January 2014 click the following links.