Important Notice - Suspension of All Family Visits (Professional visits remain unaffected):

  • The Irish Prison Service has announced that all physical visit to prison will cease with effect from close of business Friday 27th March 2020.
  • All future visits from prisons will be conducted using video calls.
  • Any physical family visits that have been booked to take place on or after Saturday 28th March 2020 has now been cancelled.
  • Arrangements are currently being made for the introduction of visits by video link/camera phone early next week.
  • Information on the new arrangements will be published on the Irish Prison Service website as soon as possible

About 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 office within the Department of Justice and Equality. It is headed by a Director General supported by 5 Directors.

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

Criminal justice System Chart

Criminal justice System Chart


Ireland’s Prisons

There are 12 institutions in the Irish Prison System consisting of 10 traditional “closed” institutions and two open centres, which operate with minimal internal and perimeter security.

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

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

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

Phone: +353 43 33 35100

Fax: +353 43 33 35371

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