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

Work and Vocational Training


The Irish Prison Service places a strong emphasis on the provision of vocational training activities for prisoners. Training activities are chosen to give as much employment as possible in prison and to give opportunities to acquire skills which help secure employment on release. 

A wide range of training workshops operate within the institutions, e.g. printing, computers, Braille, woodwork, metalwork, construction, craft and horticulture. In addition, essential services for the prisons i.e. catering, laundry services and industrial cleaning are provided through work training. 

  • There are 126  workshops across the prison estate.
  • The work and training area has an authorised staffing allocation of approximately 378. 
  • In excess of 900  prisoners participate in work training activities daily.
  • Courses are externally accredited by City & Guilds, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), ECDL and other certifying bodies.
  • The Work Training Service in partnership with Prison Education and the Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders (IASIO) deliver interpersonal skills courses with FETAC accreditation.

 

Several prisons support charitable organisations and provide a wide range of material and products. Beneficiaries included Barnardos, Aware, Temple Street Hospital, Barretstown Gang Camp, the Arts for Peace project, CARI, Crumlin Children’s Hospital, St Joseph’s Centre for the Visually Impaired and HOPE, Bikes for Africa Scheme. Cattle donated by farmers have been raised by the prisoners at Shelton Abbey and Loughan House for the charity Bóthar.

Several prisons support charitable organisations and provide a wide range of material and products. Beneficiaries included Barnardos, Aware, Temple Street Hospital, Barretstown Gang Camp, the Arts for Peace project, CARI, Crumlin Children’s Hospital, St Joseph’s Centre for the Visually Impaired and HOPE. Cattle donated by farmers have been raised by the prisoners at Shelton Abbey for the charity Bóthar.