Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said the inspector of prisons Judge Michael Reilly had recently completed an assessment of culture within the Irish Prison Service, the recommendations of which are currently under consideration. File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Prison authorities should reconsider allowing children who are not related to inmates to visit due to ongoing issues with drugs, an inspection team ha(...)

A cell in the Midlands prison in Portlaoise. The Inspector of Prisons has said in a report that management at the prison ‘did not exercise the duty of care that would be expected’ in the case of a deceased prisoner. Photograph: The Irish Times

An inmate who died in Midlands Prison in 2013 was in a “totally inappropriate” accommodation situation with a volatile cellmate, according to an indep(...)

Clare Daly: Independent TD said a delegation of TDs had requested permission to visit Portlaoise. She said they had been waiting for a reply for months. Photograph: Fergal Phillips.

Authorities in Portlaoise Prison have ignored requests from a delegation of TDs to visit the facility, refusing to answer letters and leaving them t(...)

Judge Michael Reilly said some officers “prefer to turn a blind eye” to the activities of gangs in prisons. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Prison officers have criticised the Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, for offering unsubstantiated opinions after he concluded in a report t(...)

A wide-ranging review of the Irish Prison Service, to include the ‘culture within the service’, and whether it meets its objectives, has been announced by the inspector of the prison service, judge Michael Reilly.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

A wide-ranging review of the Irish Prison Service, to include the “culture within the service” and whether it meets its objectives, has been announced(...)

A Dublin couple whose home caught fire after a contractor hired by them carried out works on their roof are responsible for damage caused to their nei(...)

A cell in the Low Support Unit Mountjoy jail. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The families of prisoners should not have to endure “salacious” and “self-serving” media commentary about their loved ones and their conditions in ja(...)

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(...)

Despite a wide range of concerns, Judge Reilly said the prison service generally was now being run with a “foresight and tenacity” that had reformed conditions in many ways. Photograph: David Sleator

Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly has expressed serious concern that records on the day-to-day running of jails were being falsified by pris(...)

Minister  for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Some prison officers have given misleading and inaccurate statements in the aftermath of the deaths of prisoners, the Inspector of Prisons Judge Mich(...)