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

Prison Education Service


Educational services are available in all prisons and are provided in partnership with a range of educational agencies including the Educational Training Boards (ETBs), Public Library Services, the Open University and the Arts Council. The Department of Education and Skills provides an allocation of 220 whole-time teacher equivalents.

Literacy, numeracy and general basic education provision is the priority and broad programmes of education are made available which generally follow an adult education approach. Programmes are adapted to take account of the diversity of the prisoner population and the complex nature of prison life. Junior and Leaving Certificate courses are available. QQI accreditation is widely used by the ETBs.

Course and programmes can be broadly categorised as follows:
• Basic Education - including literacy, numeracy, English as a second language and communications
• Creative Arts - notably music, sound recording and production, drama, art, craft, stone work, creative writing, film production and photography
• Technology - including woodwork, woodcarving, metalwork, computer-aided design, information technology and horticulture
• General Subjects - incorporating history, languages, geography, home economics and English literature
• Life Skills - personal development, interpersonal skills, anger management, parenting, child care, addiction studies, driver theory, food hygiene, etc.
• Healthy Living - notably physical education, sports, fitness and recreational activities, health education, diet and nutrition.

The Irish Prison Service has developed a three year joint education strategy with the Education and Training Boards for the 2016-2018 period.

Prison Education Services 1

Prison Education Services 1

Prison Education Services 2

Prison Education Services 2