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

Press Releases and Speeches 2019

Press Releases 2019

24/09/2019 Minister Flanagan welcomes downward trend in recidivism rates
19/09/2019 Minister Flanagan launches Irish Prison Service Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022 & IPS/ETBI Prisons Education Strategy 2019 – 2022
11/09/2019 Minister Flanagan publishes Parole Board annual report 2018
25/07/2019 Statement by Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr. Charlie Flanagan T.D. accompanying the publication of the report by Inspector of Prisons pursuant to section 31(2) of the Prisons Act 2007 into allegations of wrongdoing in the Irish Prison Service
11/07/2019 Minister Flanagan welcomes new law to set up independent Parole Board
23/06/2019 Minister Flanagan publishes Irish Prison Service Annual Report 2018
17/06/2019 Minister Flanagan welcomes finding that 355,404 hours of community work were carried out by those serving Community Service Orders in 2018
02/05/2019 Social enterprises that help cut re-offending rates given €300,000 ‘KickStart’ by Minister Flanagan
26/03/2019 Minister Flanagan announces publication of text of amendments to be proposed for the referendum on divorce
12/03/2019 Minister Flanagan expresses concern over fire at Midlands Prison
01/03/2019 Minister Flanagan Welcomes the Opening of the 2019 Recruit Prison Officer Competition

Speeches 2019

02/05/2019 Speech by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan T.D., to announce the allocation of funding to Social Enterprises through the Probation Service KickStart Fund
02/05/2019 Speech by Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan T.D., at the Prison Officers’ Association Conference
22/01/2019 Minister Stanton speaking on the Criminal Justice (Mutual Recognition of Probation Judgments and Decisions) Bill 2018 Second Stage