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


The Irish Prison Service expenditure on non-pay items including suppliers, works and services amounts to approximately €98 million per annum.

This expenditure extends across a diverse range of products that include highly complex building projects, security equipment, medicines, victualling, uniforms, professional services and ICT.

Tenders for Irish Government contracts, including those for the Irish Prison Service, are advertised through the Irish Government Tenders Website which can be found at:

Click here to view the Irish Prison Service Procurement Policy