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The Irish Prison Service

Political responsibility for the Prison System in Ireland is vested in the Minister for Justice and Equality. The Irish Prison Service operates as an executive agency within the Department of Justice and Equality. It is headed by a Director General supported by 5 Directors (click on the links below for more information on these Directorates).

The Irish Prison Service deals with male offenders who are 17 years of age or over and female offenders who are 18 years of age or over.

The Irish Prison Service is administered centrally with its headquarters located at:


IDA Business Park,
Ballinalee Road,
Co. Longford
N39 A308

Telephone: +353 43 33 35100

Fax: +353 43 33 35371

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Ireland’s Prisons

There are 14 institutions in the Irish Prison System consisting of 11 traditional "closed" institutions, two open centres, which operate with minimal internal and perimeter security, and one “semi-open" facility with traditional perimeter security but minimal internal security (the Training Unit).


The majority of female prisoners are accommodated in the purpose built "Dóchas Centre" with the remainder accommodated in Limerick Prison.


Click any of the links below to view details of the various Directorates within the Irish Prison Service:


Staff and Corporate Services Directorate


Care and Rehabilitation

Estate Management and ICT