Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Michael Donnelan, director general of the  Irish Prison Service, answer questions  at the launch of the Irish Prison Service and  Probation Service annual reports and joint strategy  in Smithfield,  Dublin, on May 18th, 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has commissioned a review of the drugs and alcohol treatment services available to criminal offenders and peop(...)

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Prison service chief Michael Donnellan said that while some luxuries extended to inmates might seem too liberal, the service must try to get through to “angry” criminals. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

The role of the prison system is to “build up” and “bring back” criminals by treating them with humanity, the head of the Irish Prison Service has sai(...)

Gardaí and members of the Defence Forces have undergone training to prepare them to work in prisons in the event prison officers take industrial actio(...)

The conference heard that despite efforts by the Irish Prison Service to reduce the flow of contraband, a “drugs, drugs and more drugs” scenario was confronting staff daily

Prison officers have urged Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to “take on” gang leaders in jail and isolate them from the rest of the prison po(...)

Where CCTV is not relevant or available, and where foul play may be a factor in a serious incident, the entire oversight of the prison system is grounded in testing the written records generated all day every day by staff. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

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Jim McGuinness celebrates with Michael Murphy at the Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Final in Clones, Co Monaghan. Photograph: /Morgan Treacy/Inpho 4:21

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The    gorgeous piece of skill from Shane Walsh for his first-half point spread like wildfire on social media.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

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Galway’s Shane Walsh in action against Sligo’s Neil Ewing during the Connacht semi-final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

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Michael Donnellan,  director general of the Irish Prison Service: “In five or six years’ time the penny will drop and [recalcitrant prisoners will] join the system”. Photograph: Eric Luke

The prison service is facing down prison gangs and for the first time breaking their power, the head of the Irish Prison Service has said.Speaking at (...)