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 2018


Press Releases 2018

13/12/2018 Minister Flanagan announces appointment of Ms Caron McCaffrey as new Director General of the Irish Prison Service
29/11/2018 Minister Flanagan welcomes Prisoner escort review
22/11/2018 Statement by the Minister for Justice and Equality regarding Surveillance in Prisons
09/11/2018 Minister Flanagan Opens New Violence Reduction Unit in Midlands Prison, Portlaoise and New Extension to the Irish Prison Service Training College.
04/10/2018 Minister Flanagan publishes Parole Board Annual Report 2017
25/06/2018 Minister Flanagan publishes the Probation Service Strategy 2018-2020 One Vision, One Team, One Standard, the third Probation Service and Irish Prisons Service Joint Strategic Plan 2018 – 2020 and the Probation Service and Irish Prison Service Annual Reports 2017
07/06/2018 Minister Flanagan welcomes progressive achievements of Irish Prison Service and Probation Service in 2017
05/06/2018 Minister Flanagan addresses Dublin Honours Magdalenes event
02/06/2018 Minister Flanagan announces decision to apply Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme to adjoining institutions
17/04/2018 Statement by Charles Flanagan T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality on implementation of the Report of the Ombudsman on the Magdalen Restorative Justice Scheme
04/04/2018 Minister Flanagan congratulates the new Inspector of Prisons, Patricia Gilheaney
02/02/2018 Statement by Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan in relation to the launch of the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) Report on Solitary Confinement in the Irish Penal System

Speeches 2018

09/11/2018 Speech by Mr. Charles Flanagan, TD, Minister for Justice and Equality at Official Opening of Refurbished & Extended Irish Prison Service College, Portlaoise
09/11/2018 Speech by Mr. Charles Flanagan, TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, at Irish Prison Service Recruit Prison Officer Passing Out Ceremony
09/11/2018 Speech by Charles Flanagan TD, Minister for Justice and Equality – Irish Prison Service Violence Reduction Unit, Midlands Prison
25/06/2018 Speech by Minister for Justice and Equality, Charles Flanagan TD at the Launch of the 2017 Probation Service and Irish Prison Service Annual Reports, Probation Service Strategic Plan 2018-2020 and Joint Irish Prison Service-Probation Service Strategic Plan 2018-2020
05/06/2018 Speech by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, at Dublin Honours Magdalenes Event
19/04/2018
Speech by Mr. Charles Flanagan, T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality at the Prison Officers’ Association Conference, Thursday 19th April 2018