Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT in the News

Irish Times: Treatment of prisoners to be raised with UN

16th May 2011

In today's Irish Times, Jamie Smyth reports on the IPRT and ICCL Joint shadow report of Ireland under the UN convention against torture.

Irish Examiner: 'Offenders’ charity boss backs calls to clear criminal records'

11th May 2011

In today's Irish Examiner, Cormac O Keefe writes about Bobby Cummines, the chief executive of UNLOCK. Once an offender himself, he has received an OBE for his work helping ex-offenders.

Today FM: 'The Last Word' speaks to Bobby Cummines of UNLOCK about spent convictions

10th May 2011

Bobby Cummines OBE of UNLOCK spoke to Today FM about spent convictions earlier this week

thejournal.ie: New legislation could allow offenders withhold criminal record from employers

1st May 2011

An article from thejournal.ie on the upcoming Spent Convictions Bill to be published this summer.

The Sunday Times: Bill could let offenders keep past crimes from employers

1st May 2011

In today's printed version of 'The Sunday Times' (Irish edition), Mark Tighe reports on the Spent Convictions Bill which is due to be published this summer.

Irish Examiner: Mountjoy report disturbing, says group

7th April 2011

Cormac O’Keeffe reports that the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has described as "disturbing" findings in an independent report of a "culture of impunity" among some prison officers in Mountjoy Jail.

RTÉ: The Inspector of Prisons' Report on Mountjoy

6th April 2011

RTÉ News reports on the release of the Inspector of Prisons' report on Mountjoy, with comments from IPRT's Liam Herrick.

Law Society Gazette: 'Prison should only ever be the last resort'

11th March 2011

Community sanctions must promoted as the default sanction for less serious offences, writes Liam Herrick of the Irish Penal Reform Trust.

Irish Examiner: Plan to remove juveniles from St Pat’s

8th March 2011

Jennifer Hough reports that IPRT has welcomed the pledge to end the practice of sending children to St Patrick’s Institution included in the new Programme for Government.

Today FM: Is crime the forgotten issue of General Election 2011?

23rd February 2011

Quite possibly the only debate to focus on justice issues during this election campaign, Matt Cooper talked to IPRT's Liam Herrick, DRCC's Ellen O'Malley Dunlop, John Curran (FF) and Pat Rabbitte (Lab) on 'The Last Word'.

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