Irish Prison Service Celebrates International Red Cross Day - May 8th, 2020

Celebrating International Red Cross Day in the Irish Prison Service


Message from Caron McCaffrey Director General to all the staff and prisoners involved in the Red Cross Programme in our prison.


Today, May 8th, is World Red Cross Red Crescent Day and I want to take the opportunity to thank all of you who are currently, or have been involved, in the “Red Cross Programme” in our prisons since its introduction in 2009


Irish Red Cross volunteers across Ireland have been playing a hugely important role in supporting their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.


In a statement issued by Pat Carey, the Chairman of the Red Cross in Ireland, he specifically singled out the work being carried out by our Red Cross prisoner volunteers and the staff of the Irish Prison Service in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is an acknowledgement of the importance of your contribution to the nationwide effort against Covid-19.


Our prisons are still without a confirmed case of Coronavirus within the prisoner cohort and  the extraordinary efforts of in-prison IRC volunteers who have been working closely with staff, distributing information about the virus and ensuring that proper infection prevention procedures are in place have played a significant role in this achievement.


You should all be proud of the way that you have worked together to ensure that our prisons remain virus-free.


The impact of the introduction of the Red Cross programme to our prisons has been phenomenal and has made a real difference to the lives of those involved – to the prisoners whose health and safety has been enhanced and to the staff whose work environment is cleaner, healthier and safer. This progress is due to the combined efforts of the volunteers participating in the programme and the staff providing training, guidance and leadership.


You are world leaders and provide inspiration to our prison communities in Ireland and throughout the world.


Over the coming weeks and months we will continue to face many challenges as we seek to manage the current crisis and ensure that our environment remains healthy and safe for all who work and live in our prisons. Our Red Cross Programme will continue to play a vital role now and more importantly into  the future as we enter the post-Covid era.


Thank you and keep up the excellent work.


Caron McCaffrey