Recent Radio/Television Features

26th November 2015

UTV Ireland - Loughan House prepares inmates for release

25th November 2015

UTV Ireland - Good behavior earns Castlerea prisoners housing privileges

24th November 2015

UTV Ireland - Irish prison life

23rd November 2015

UTV Ireland - Midlands prison: life behind bars

29th October 2015

Brand new series 'The Joy' coming soon to TV3

6th October 2015

RTE Feature on New Parenting Initiative in Limerick Prison

RTE Reporter Brian O'Connell visited Limerick Prison to talk with some of the people involved in a new parenting initiative which has been launched in limerick Prison. To listen to the feature click here


2 October 2015

RTE visit OSG Headquarters to look at the operation of the Confidential Telephone Line



24 September 2015

launch OF IASIO Biennial Report 2013/2014


22 July 2015

Special Feature on Work and Training In Castlerea Prison  - Roscommon Herald

Read a special feature in the Roscommon Hearld by Ciara McCaughey on the activities of prisoners in Castlerea under the guidance of the dedicated work and training staff in the prison.


5 February 2015

Director General talks to RTE on plans to introduced enhanced security measures by the Irish Prison Service

The Director General Michael Donnellan speaks to RTEs Paul Reynolds regarding plans to enhance security to prevent contraband including drugs getting into the prisons. Click here

2 April 2014

RTE Radio One Morning Ireland

Director General speaks to Morning Ireland about the  inadvertent recording of prisoner phone calls by the Irish Prison Service. To listen in full click here.


28 March 2014

RTE Radio One Sean O'Rourke

RTE Reporter Brian O'connell visits Mountjoy Prison to talk to the Governor Ned Whelan about the Drugs Treatment Services in the Prison. Brian also talk to the staff involved in the delivery of the Services including Dr. Des Crowley, Chief Nurse Officer Anne Collins. Brian also talk to Tony Geoghegan from Merchants Quay Ireland about the drug counselling services they provide in Mountjoy Prison and prisons accross the country.

To listen to the feature click here


20 January 2014

The Director General discusses the plans to construct a new prison in Cork.

The Director Gereral, Michael Donnellan, talks to RTE's Morning Ireland about plans to build a new prison in Cork.

To listen click Here


 21 October 2013

Morning Edition feature on Wheatfield Prison

Morning Edition reporter Aisling Riordan visits Wheatfield Prison in Clondalkin as part of the programme's ongoing  Open Doors series. While in Wheatfield she spoke with Governor Patrick Kavanagh and to a number of prisoners who spoke about their engagement in work and training in the prison.

To view the broadcast click here


12 September 2013

31 Bothar calves to be raised by Loughan House prisoners for Rwandan community

Prisoners at Loughan House in Co. Cavan have begun rearing 31 Irish dairy calves that will be airlifted next year to a Rwandan community where they will produce off-spring and supply milk to a community creamery being developed there by Irish international aid agency Bóthar.

Cian O'Connor visited Loughan, for RTEs News at One, to meet with the people involved in the project including Irish Prison Service Director General Michael Donnellan, Bothar founder Peter Ireton and 2 Loughan House prisoners who work with the project.



12 September 2013

Director General discusses publication of the Visiting committee Reports on RTEs Morning Ireland

Following the publications by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter TD of the Visiting Committee Reports for Loughan House, Mountjoy, Portlaoise, St Patrick's Institution and Wheatfield Prison. The Director General Michael Donnellan spoke with RTEs Cathal MacCoille of Morning Ireland.


Director General Announces St Patrick's Institution is to Close - 3 July 2013

The Director speaks to RTE News on the announcement that the Irish Prison Service is to close St APtrick's Institution. 

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Niall Quinn visits Castlerea Prison for Charity Football Match and does talk with prisoners in relation to prison services including education and work and training.

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