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

Expressions of Interest – Prison Visitor Centre Mountjoy - November 17th, 2016




The Irish Prison Service (IPS) wishes to invite expressions of interest from persons and /or organisations interested in providing a Prison Visitors Centre (PVC) service in Mountjoy Prison, North Circular Road, Dublin 7. This facility will provide a hospitable, safe, caring and supportive environment for children and families of prisoners, some of whom are in a vulnerable state prior to and after a prison visit. It is envisaged that the facility will provide childcare services, play areas with arts and crafts facilities and support for families dealing with the impact of imprisonment. The service will be required 5 days per week Monday – Saturday (excluding Tuesday), 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.


It should be noted that the IPS is considering a 36 month contract on foot of this advertisement If engaged, service providers will be subject to the terms and conditions of Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Circular 13/2014.


Further information on the expression of interest is available at:


Latest date for the receipt of expressions of interest is 5pm on 30th of November 2016.


Applications for inclusion on the list should be sent to:

Fergal Black, Director, Care & Rehabilitation Directorate,

Irish Prison Service, IDA Business Park, Ballinalee Road,

Longford, Co. Longford


Individuals/Organisations are requested to provide the following

  1. Contact Person and Contact Details
  2. Description of the Individual, Company or Organisation submitting the Proposal
  3. Track record in the provision of support services to children and families
  4. Details of the proposed service provision
  5. Qualifications, relevant experience of the personnel who will provide the service
  6. Arrangements for co-ordination, training, supervision and quality assurance of the service to be provided
  7. Proposed cost of the service delivery showing a breakdown for salaries, training admin overheads etc.


Assessment of Proposals
All proposals received will be assessed by the Care and Rehabilitation Directorate on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender taking account of the quality of the proposal and the overall cost of delivery.


The provisions of Circular 13/2014 will apply – see link to the circular


A Service Level Agreement will be provided to selected individuals/organisations which will include, inter alia:

–          Funding terms and conditions

–          Expected outputs

–          Drawdown of funding

–          Reporting arrangements

–          Oversight of the programmes by the IPS

–          Engagement with prison management

–          Compliance assurances e.g. provision of annual audited accounts, retention of accounting records, statement of assurance, tax clearance certificates