Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT in the News

RTÉ, Today with Claire Byrne: Central Mental Hospital

20th August 2021

Barry Lenihan reports on capacity issues facing the Central Mental Hospital (CMH), speaking to Prof Harry Kennedy and IPRT’s Molly Joyce.

Round-up: Commencement of the Parole Act

17th August 2021

IPRT comment featured prominently in the media coverage and debate around the changes to parole following the commencement of the Parole Act and the establishment of a new statutory Parole Board.

Round up: Launch of Piecing It Together: Supporting Children and Families with a Family Member in Prison

15th July 2021

'Piecing it Together' was launched by Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Niall Muldoon, virtually on 15 July 2021.

Prison recidivism 2015 cohort

25th June 2021

New figures published by the CSO find that almost 62% of people released from prison in 2015 re-offended within three years. In response, the IPRT is calling for the Government to introduce a statutory obligation on agencies co-operate around prisoner release.

The Irish Times: Just 2% of prisoners have been vaccinated to date

31st May 2021

IPRT has expressed dismay that men and women in prison appear to have been left behind in Ireland’s pandemic efforts. A conviction for €4 worth of cannabis 'just defies logic', say campaigners

22nd May 2021

Following a report in the Irish Examiner about a person formerly addicted to heroin appearing before the courts charged with possession of €4 worth of cannabis, spoke to advocacy groups working in the areas of drug addiction and penal reform, including IPRT.

Irish Examiner: Covid-19 has ‘compounded’ mental health issues for prisoners

19th March 2021

IPRT comment featured in reporting by the Irish Examiner on parliamentary questions relating to mental health and addiction services in prisons.

In the news: Vaccination of prisoners

9th March 2021

IPRT comment featured in print and broadcast media following confirmation from the Department of Health that all prisoners would be vaccinated as part of group nine in the Vaccine Allocation Strategy.

Round-up: Launch of Progress in the Penal System 2020: Making Progress in a Pandemic?

27th January 2021

Progress in the Penal System (PIPS) 2020, the fourth annual edition of a report assessing progress in Ireland's penal system, was launched at an online event on Tuesday 26th January 2021.

OpEd: State must stop using prison to fill gaps in care for women and girls on the margins

26th January 2021

The Irish Independent has published an opinion article by IPRT Executive Director Fíona Ní Chinnéide discussing Ireland’s overreliance on imprisonment as a response to marginalised women.

Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.



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