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 2017


Press Releases 2017

18/12/2017 Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, visits Portlaoise and Midlands Prisons
23/11/2017 Minister Flanagan publishes the Office of the Inspector of Prisons Annual Report for 2015/2016
10/11/2017 Working Across Borders and Boundaries to Reduce Offending
26/10/2017 Minister Flanagan congratulates Director General of Irish Prison Service on winning major international award
17/10/2017 Publication of Annual Report of the Parole Board 2016
11/08/2017 Minister Stanton welcomes positive report on Ireland’s progress in addressing concerns of the UN Expert Committee on Torture (UNCAT)
28/07/2017 Minister Stanton welcomes progress in addressing concerns of the UN Expert Committee on Torture (UNCAT)
27/07/2017 Minister of State David Stanton TD leads Irish delegation in Geneva to address UN Expert Committee on Torture (UNCAT)
04/07/2017 Minister of State David Stanton opens Annual Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conference
15/05/2017 Tánaiste welcomes publication of the Probation Service and Irish Prison Service 2016 Annual Reports
06/04/2017 Tánaiste announces closure of St. Patrick’s Institution
21/02/2017 Tánaiste publishes ‘Healthcare in Irish Prisons’ Report
13/01/2017 Statement by the Tánaiste on the Re-appointment of the Director General of the Irish Prison Service

Speeches 2017

20/10/2017 Speech by Mr. David Stanton, T.D., Minister for State at the Department of Justice and Equality, with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration St Stephen’s Green Trust Travellers in Prison Initiative – National Conference
28/07/2017 Opening Statement by Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, David Stanton, TD in Geneva
27/07/2017 Opening remarks by Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality David Stanton TD – Discussion of Ireland’s Second State Report under the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhumane, Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) with the  UN Expert Committee
04/07/2017 4th Annual Irish Criminal Justice Agencies ICJA Conference
18/05/2017 Address by Mr. David Stanton T.D., Minister of State, Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration, and Integration at the Jobs and Opportunities Expo, Mountjoy Prison, 18th May 2017
15/05/2017 Address by Tánaiste at the launch of the Joint Social Enterprise Strategy 2017 -2019
27/04/2017 Speech by Ms Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality at the Prison Officers’ Association Conference