A prison officer on patrol in Mountjoy Prison. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government’s failure to allow prisons, Garda stations and other places of detention to be inspected by the United Nations has become a so(...)

Swearing in: Michael D Higgins during his inauguration at Dublin Castle in 2011, flanked by his predecessors Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Photograph: Maxwell

It was a Friday afternoon, two days before Michael D Higgins’s visit to France in February 2013. At Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin, and the Irish Em(...)

Hans Zomer (47) has been director of Dóchas, an umbrella group for Ireland’s development agencies, for the past 13 years. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

President Michael D Higgins is to appoint international aid specialist Hans Zomer as his head of communications. Mr Zomer (47) has been director of D(...)

Emergency services pictured at Cloverhill Prison Dublin after the prisoners staged a protest on the roof of the prison. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Two prisoners who climbed on top of roof at Cloverhill Prison on Wednesday as part of a protest came down voluntarily at about 1.30am on Thursday morn(...)

Why is the Government proposing a law to state that judges must do what they’re already doing? For symbolic and political effect, partly

Ireland has a constitutional presumption in favour of bail because, in the eyes of the law, a person is innocent until proven guilty. So judges who gr(...)

International evidence shows a more nuanced approach to the problem of violent young males yields far better results than simple custodial sentences

Last month, 19-year-old Alan Shattock was jailed for two years for a horrific assault on Yasser Saud, which left the Iraqi medical student blind in on(...)

At the  launch of Turnaround Youth: Young Adults (18-24) in the Criminal Justice System are (from l to r); Ashling Golden from The Swan Project, Ciara Egan from Future Voices Ireland and Jen Garcin, Research Associate, ROCA Inc. The report is  published by the Irish Penal Reform Trust.  Photograph: Derek Speirs

The Department of Justice and Equality must develop a strategy which deals specifically with young adults aged 18-24 within the criminal justice syste(...)

The number of people being sent to prison for the non-payment of fines has, for the first time in the Republic, exceeded half of all prison committals.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The number of people being sent to prison for the non-payment of fines has, for the first time in the Republic, exceeded half of all prison committals(...)

Prof Sir Nigel Rodley, UN Human Rights Committee chairman. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Much coverage of the UN’s scrutiny of Ireland’s human rights record, in Geneva this week, focussed on abortion and symphysiotomy. But the 18-member (...)

 Marie O’Connor of the Survivors of Symphysiotomy: asked UN for help in redress

Ireland’s refusal to admit the practice of symphysiotomy was “torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading” brought an Irish group representing survivors t(...)