Irish Penal Reform Trust

Round-up: "The Secondary Punishment”: A Scoping Study on Employer Attitudes to Hiring People with Criminal Convictions

8th February 2024

On 8 February 2024, Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) launched a new scoping study exploring the attitudes of employers in Ireland to hiring people with criminal convictions at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) office. The report presents the findings from interviews with employers and people with convictions, survey data, and a workshop event. 

The report is available to download here.

Contributors at the event included: Dr Joe Garrihy and Dr Ciara Bracken-Roche (report co-authors, both School of Law and Criminology, Maynooth University); Dr Anne Cassidy (Team Leader, Galway Rural Development); Damien Quinn (Founder of Spéire Nua); Kara McGann (Head of Skills and Social Policy, IBEC); Kenneth Keating (Assistant Principal, Penal and Policing Policy, Department of Justice); and Deirdre Malone (Director, IHREC). The event was chaired by Saoirse Brady (Executive Director, IPRT).

Report: "The Secondary Punishment”: A Scoping Study on Employer Attitudes to Hiring People with Criminal Convictions

Press release"The Secondary Punishment": Employers and people with convictions reveal barriers to employment

Media:

This research was made possible thanks to the support of IHREC’s Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2022-23 and the generosity of the Open Doors Initiative. 

 

 

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