Generally, the Irish Prison Service works with the Public Appointments Service to recruit staff to the Service. Employment opportunities will be advertised on this website and on the Public Appointments Service website:

Current Recruitment:

Head of Psychology at the Irish Prison Service

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) wishes to appoint a new Head of Psychology. This post was advertised on the website of the Public Appointments Service,, on 4 September 2015. The deadline for applications is 24 September 2015.

The IPS’s Psychology Service provides mental health services to prisoners (coping with imprisonment, depression, anxiety etc) and helps offenders address factors that put them at risk of re-offending (anger, substance abuse, sexual and violent offending etc).

The Head of Psychology will provide overall strategic direction and leadership to the Psychology Service and will be responsible for leading the future development of the Service.

The ideal candidate will:
• Be eligible for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland and hold a relevant postgraduate professional qualification in psychology;
• Have a proven record in leadership, decision-making and people management skills;
• Have at least two years managerial experience in the field of psychology;
• Have excellent professional knowledge and skills;
• Have a clear understanding of evidence-based best practice in relation to psychological services for prisoners.

The post is based in the headquarters of the Irish Prison Service in Longford.

More details are available on

Recent Recruitment Competitions (Competitions Closed).


Open Competition for Prison Nurse in the Irish Prison Service (Competition closed 23 July 2015)

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) is responsible for the safe and secure detention of persons in custody in establishments located throughout the State.

The IPS's prison healthcare service provides prisoners with access to the same range and quality of healthcare services as that available under the Medical Card scheme in the community. Prison nurses play a central role in the delivery of this service and are based in all prisons and places of detention in the State. The role of nurses in prisons not only encompasses general nursing care but also other services such as counselling, health education and promotion, and preventative medicine.


Open Competition for Prison Chaplain in the Irish Prison Service (Competition closed 11 June 2015)

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) is committed to encouraging and supporting prisoners in their endeavouring to live law abiding and purposeful lives as valued members of society. Chaplains have a crucial supporting role in achieving these objectives by providing pastoral and spiritual care to any prisoners who wish to avail of their service.

Prison chaplains offer a comforting and supportive presence that is independent and professional, while working as part of the prison multi-disciplinary team reporting to the Governor. Chaplains encourage prisoners to work towards positive lifestyle change and motivate and assist them in addressing offending behaviour and engaging with prison services. Chaplains attend to the spiritual needs of prisoners by providing opportunities for prayer and reflection, encouraging participation in religious services, providing spiritual periodicals and engaging in preaching and religious instruction.

Open Competition for Psychologist Grade II in the Irish Prison Service (Competition closed 25th September 2014)

The Irish Prison Service is responsible for the safe and secure detention of persons in custody in establishments located throughout the country.

The Psychology Service forms part of the Care & Rehabilitation Directorate of the Irish Prison Service and applies psychological research, principles and skills to the needs of the Directorate.


The ideal candidate will be experienced in working therapeutically with individuals clients/offenders. You will have strong interpersonal, communication and team working skills.


Campus Governor Mountjoy Campus

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.

The ideal candidate will have:

• Exceptional management and organisational ability at a senior level in a major public or private sector environment and have a proven record of significant achievement in their career to date;

• Experience in the successful management and implementation of organisational change programmes;

• Proven capacity to operate effectively within a high pressure work environment;

• Sound judgement, problem solving and decision making skills.

Open Competition for the position of Head of Irish Prison Service College (Governor III) - (Competition Closed 28 November 2013)

Other Closed Competitions

Prison Administrative and Support Officer (PASO) Grade 1

Prison Administrative and Support Officer (PASO) Grade 2

Prison Administration and Support Officer Grade 3 (PASO3)