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 www.irishprisons.ie as soon as possible

Press Releases and Speeches 2014


20/09/2014 Press Release
Minister Fitzgerald calls for greater focus on reducing reoffending
20/09/2014 Speech
Inaugural Irish Criminal Justice Conference 20th September 2014 – Remarks by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD
17/09/2014 Press Release
Minister Fitzgerald publishes Strategic Review of Penal Policy
17/09/2014 Speech
Speech by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD at the publication of the Final Report of the Penal Policy Review Group
14/09/2014 Press Release
Minister Fitzgerald announces the closure of the Mountjoy Prison Separation Unit
12/09/2014 Press Release
Publication of Inspector of Prisons Omnibus Report of investigations into the deaths of prisoners – 1st January 2012 to 11th June 2014
12/09/2014 Press Release
Minister Fitzgerald publishes Inspector of Prisons Report titled ‘An Overview of Mountjoy Prison Campus with particular emphasis on the Separation Unit’
28/08/2014 Press Release
New Mountjoy Prison Campus Governor Announced
12/08/2014 Press Release
Portlaoise Prison Search for Contraband
07/08/2014 Press Release
Stamp Collection to Honour Prison Service Launched
07/08/2014 Speech
Speech by Minister for Justice and Equality at An Post IPS Stamp Launch
16/07/2014 Press Release
Cost of Available Staffed Prison Space in 2013
12/06/2014 Speech
Speech by Minister fitzgerald on the 25th Anniversary of Wheatfield place of Detention
01/05/2014 Press Release
Minister Shatter publishes the Report of the Commission of Investigation into the death of Gary Douch and the Response by the Irish Prison Service.
30/04/2014 Press Release
Minister publishes 2013 Reports of the Arbour Hill, Cloverhill, Cork, Dóchás Centre, Loughan House, Portlaoise, St. Patrick’s Institution and Shelton Abbey Visiting Committees.

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02/04/2014 Press Release
Minister requests Inspector of Prisons to carry out urgent investigation
01/04/2014 Press Release
Statement by the Irish Prison Service in relation to the recording of prisoner phones.
06/03/2014 Press Release
Minister Shatter publishes the Joint Probation Service – Irish Prison Service Women’s Strategy 2014 – 2016 and the Irish Prison Service and Probation Service Annual Reports 2013.
06/03/2014 Speech
Publication of Joint Probation Service – Irish Prison Service Womens Strategy 2014-2016 and the Irish Prison Service and Probation Service Annual Reports 2013.
16/01/2014 Press Release
Minister Signs €35 million Contract for the construction of the New cork Prison
16/01/2014 Speech
Speech by the Minister for Justice and Equality at the contract signing for the new Cork Prison