Traveller activist Thomas McCann:  “Unless we address the wider societal and institutional issues, it is going to get worse for Travellers.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Travellers make up 0.6 per cent of the population yet account for 10 per cent of the male prisoner population and 22 per cent of the female prison pop(...)

Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum: Staff at Portlaoise prison have expressed concern prisoners in “dire” need of the CMH have been left on a waiting list so long.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bed capacity at the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) has reached a “critical” level with many patients being left on waiting lists for long periods of ti(...)

There is very limited access for children who have parents in prison,  with “screened” visits and six-minute  a day  phone calls

Children with a parent in prison are particularly vulnerable, and yet very little is known about them in the State, a conference in Dublin heard on We(...)

A memorial will be unveiled on Friday afternoon by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan near Loughglynn Co Roscommon to two gardaí shot dead in a sho(...)

Alan Cawley, from Ballina, Co Mayo,  arriving at Swinford District Court charged with the murders of Tom and Jack Blaine. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Maureen and Michael Lacey had no reason to doubt when they met Alan Cawley in a pub in Castlebar, Co Mayo, on July 10th, 2013, that he was, as he had (...)

A member of the project’s board said the closure was ironic given the spotlight now on Ballaghaderreen and the need for facilities there because of the decision to accommodate 82 Syrian  refugees, including 37 children and teenagers, in the town. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A decision to shut down a youth project in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, creates a vacuum for 500 people who use the service weekly, according to a (...)

Of the 73 hospitalisations due to injuries from assaults, fights and altercations involving prisoners between January 2014 and September 2016, 34 were from Mountjoy

Prisoners were hospitalised after swallowing or otherwise ingesting everything from batteries and parts of an electric razor to glass and the contents(...)

Darius Savickis orally raped a woman  in Galway on November 28th, 2005. He  eventually  pleaded guilty to the rape and was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment in 2009. While serving that sentence in Castlerea prison (above) he was assaulted by a prison officer and was awarded  €17,225. File photograph: Google Street View

A rapist is trying to frustrate attempts by his victim to get at a €17,000 award he got for an assault, the High Court has been told. Darius Savickis(...)

Darius Savickis (46), a father of two originally from Lithuania, was in prison  at the time of an assault after he had pleaded guilty in  2009 to orally raping a woman  in  2005. File photograph: Getty Images

A rape victim is seeking court orders freezing a €17,225 award made to her attacker pending her own civil action for damages against him. The award w(...)

A rapist who was “clearly” assaulted by a prison officer while serving his sentence has had a €225 award of damages made to him by a jury increased to(...)