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

Last year, a man serving a lengthy prison sentence was found dead in his cell in a Dublin jail. Having long suffered from ill health, there was no sug(...)

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

When Jim McGuinness found himself in Tralee as a student in the late 1990s, it didn’t take him long to figure out why the Kingdom, above all counti(...)

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

Tullamore will live forever in my mind as the place where I stole a prized piece of confectionery from the grasp of Brian Cowen. In May 2011, I was re(...)

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

An attendance of 31,000 descended upon Tuam when Galway hosted Mayo in the Connacht final of 1999. Derided in the early part of the decade as the sick(...)

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 (...)

 Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter with Brian Purcell. Photograph: Frank Miller

Though his name was not widely known beyond political, media and security circles until being thrust into the middle of the Garda eavesdropping(...)

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter (left) with Brian Purcell, secretary general of the Department of Justice. Photograph: Frank Miller.  Photograph: Frank Miller

The scale of the inadvertent recording of phone calls made by prisoners to solicitors grew even as Taoiseach Enda Kenny was informing the Dáil (...)

 Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter:   said  that while single-cell occupancy was the ideal regime for jails, it was not possible for the new Cork facility in this time of recession.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Construction of the new jail to replace Cork prison is due to commence on Monday and will be completed by the end of next year, Minister for Justice A(...)


Alan Shatter: had 

a strained relationship with the judiciary

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has sanctioned the release from prison for Christmas of 249 offenders with no requirement on some to return after th(...)

Laois midfielder Padraig Clancy: played 14 years for his county: Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

New Laois manager Tomás Ó Flatharta must plan for 2014 without the county’s most experienced player with the announcement that Padraig Clancy has reti(...)