Tanaiste Confirms Re-appointment of Director General - January 16th, 2017



The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., announced the re-appointment of Mr. Michael Donnellan as the Director General of the Irish Prison Service for a further 5 years.

Michael was initially appointed as Director General on a 5-year term in December 2011. He was previously Director of the Probation Service and has previous experience in health and social services in Ireland and London.

Speaking on the re-appointment the Tánaiste said “ I am delighted to confirm the re-appointment of Michael Donnellan as Director General of the Irish Prison Service for a further 5-year term. During Michael’s first tenure as Director General, he has overseen the implementation of the 3 Year Strategic Plan for the Service which has seen huge reform in the prison system including reduction in overcrowding, enhanced structured release programmes and the elimination of slopping out through the implementation of a comprehensive prison modernisation programme”.

“Under Michael’s leadership the Prison Service will continue to enhance the safety of our citizens by providing rehabilitation and opportunities for prisoners working in collaboration with my Department, the relevant Justice agencies and other relevant statutory and non-statutory bodies. I wish Michael well in his role and look forward to continuing to work closely with him as we strive to provide a world class Prison Service”.

Note for Editors

Michael Donnellan was appointed to the post of Director General of the Irish Prison Service for a 5-year term in December 2011. He had served as Director of the Probation Service since 2005. Prior to this, he served as Director of two children detention schools in Dublin.

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.