Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT in the News

Sunday Business Post: ‘Urgent’ need to address custodial ill treatment

14th February 2010

"The government should ‘urgently address’ allegations of ill treatment of people in custody, the Council of Europe has said following a review of Irish prisons and Garda stations," writes John Burke in 'The Sunday Business Post'.

The Irish Times: Call to publish anti-torture group findings

10th February 2010

IPRT calls on the government to release the findings of an anti-torture group that recently visited Ireland.

4FM: Drugs in Prison

8th February 2010

Liam Herrick talks to David Harvey on 4FM's 'Lunchtime on 4' about the problem of drugs in prison and the opportunity prison offers to break the habits of addiction.

RTE's 'The Frontline': Mandatory Sentencing for Burglary

1st February 2010

The issue of mandatory sentencing for burglary was the subject of RTE's 'The Frontline' this week; IPRT's Liam Herrick and others voice their opposition to such moves.

Today FM: Convicted offenders to do community service

19th January 2010

IPRT's Liam Herrick spoke to Today FM's 'The Last Word' on a pilot project between the Probation Service and Dublin City Countil which will see convicted offenders do community service, such as cleaning graffiti from city walls.

RTÉ Sunday Forum: Society's Moral Response to Murder

11th January 2010

IPRT's Liam Herrick was one of the panellists discussing what society’s moral response should be to someone who takes another person’s life. The programme focussed on sentencing, and the need to achieve justice for families of victims while showing fairness to perpetrators.

Irish Times: End jailing of boys at St Patrick's, say campaigners

1st December 2009

Penal reform campaigners have called for an end to the practice of locking up teenagers in prison for up to 23 hours a day for their own protection, writes Carl O'Brien in the Irish Times.

Irish Examiner: Behind Bars No Place for a Child

30th November 2009

An analysis piece by Dr Ursula Kilkelly, Chairperson of IPRT, on the launch of 'Detention of Children in Ireland: International Standards and Best Practice.)

RTÉ1 and 4FM: Detention of Children in Ireland

30th November 2009

Liam Herrick, IPRT Executive Director, talks to 4FM's 'Lunchtime'; Dr Ursula Kilkelly, IPRT Chairperson, talks to RTÉ's 'Drivetime'.

Irish Times: European prison crowding ruling could lead to similar case here

9th November 2009

The European Court of Human Rights rules that prison overcrowding in itself can violate Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to freedom from torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.)

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