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Director General

Director General

 Michael Donnellan was appointed Director General of the Irish Prison Service, by the Minister for Justice and Equality, with effect from 5th December, 2011.

Prior to his appointment, as Director General, Michael served as Director of the Probation Service from 2005.  Before this he served as Director of two children detention schools in Dublin. He has previous experience in health and social services in Ireland and London.   

Michael spent his early career working within adult psychiatry before specialising in child and adolescent psychiatry. He worked in inner city London as a Social Worker, and then as Manager of Brixton Child Guidance Unit, before returning to Ireland in 1994. 

 Contact Details:
Michael Donnellan
Director General 
Irish Prison Service,
Ballinalee Road,
 Longford  
Tel: 043 3335213
Tel: 043 3335149
Fax: 043 3335371

 Message from Michael

Welcome to the Irish Prison Service website. This website contains useful information on the State's 14 Prisons and on recent developments within the Irish Prison Service.

The launch of our commemmorative stamp collection in August 2014 was a welcome acknowledgement of the significant and varied work carried out by the Irish Prison Service. The Irish Prison service is more than just bars on windows and locks on doors, the Irish Prison Service is made up of the men and women who each day work in many different ways to break the cycle of re-offending.

Our responsibilities for the care and rehabilitation of prisoners does not end when their sentences are completed. Working  with our partner agencies, such as the Probation Service, we ensure that services and supports are available to prisoners to aid their transition from prison back to the community. We ensure that their release from custody is done in a managed,  planned and structured way helping them to resettle into life outside of the prison system.

The national roll-out of our Incentivised Regimes Policy and Community Return Programme is having a positive impact on the resettlement and re-integration prospects of prisoners.

 The Joint IPS/Probation Service Community Return Programme together with our Joint Strategic plan sets out our multi agency approach to offender management in order to reduce reoffending and improve prison outcomes.

Together we must work towards breaking this cycle for the good of the next generation. Startling statistics tell us that 6 out of 10 children of prisoners end up engaging with the criminal justice system.

Through the Report of the Penal Policy Review Group we have a blueprint or road map to make the criminal justice system better and I am committed to ensuring that the Irish Prison Service plays a key role in this reform process.

Michael.