Children from  schools in Tipperary gather at the Department of Education in 2017 to protest at their ‘exclusion’ from the Deis scheme. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government’s support scheme for children in disadvantaged schools is failing to narrow the achievement gap with other schools, an Oireachtas commi(...)

Key finding: a quarter of Irish inmates never attended secondary school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Just over half of prisoners dropped out of school before the Junior Certificate, according to an unpublished survey by the Irish Prison Service. The s(...)

The report argues that the separation of a prisoner from others should not be permitted for reasons of punishment, but only for reasons of safety.

The Irish Prison Service should move to abolish the practice of placing prisoners in solitary confinement and set the minimum out-of-cell time at eigh(...)

Judges who opt for custodial sentences of less than 12 months instead of a non-custodial alternative  should be legally compelled to explain why, a  paper by the Irish Penal Reform Trust says. File photograph: Getty Images

Judges who send people to prison for less than a year should have to submit written justifications for doing so, a new paper by the Irish Penal Reform(...)

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(...)

Human rights watchdog concerned that legislation to provide for right to a lawyer has been passed but still not implemented six years later

The UN Committee against Torture has criticised the Government for failing to implement legislation guaranteeing those in Garda custody the right to l(...)

The UN Committee against Torture was concerned the State’s commission of investigation into mother and baby homes “did not allow it to investigate all institutions in the country at which abuses including forced and illegal adoptions may have occurred”. File photograph: Getty Images

The UN Committee against Torture has called on the Government to carry out an independent investigation into allegations of ill-treatment at all mothe(...)

Minister of State for Equality David Stanton: A Government delegation, led by Mr Stanton, will face questioning on issues including access to a lawyer for people in Garda custody and the impact of Ireland’s abortion regime on women and girls. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The treatment of people in Garda custody, including foreign nationals refused entry to Ireland, was among the issues raised at the UN Committee Agains(...)

Up to the end of May this year there had been 163 committals for immigration issues. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 400 people were held in prison last year in relation to immigration issues, mainly awaiting deportation. Figures from the Irish Prison Ser(...)

The Children Act 2001 states an order can be imposed if a court is satisfied that “a wilful failure of the child’s parents to take care of or control the child contributed to the child’s criminal behaviour”.

A law which allows the monitoring and punishment of parents who fail to control their children should be abolished as it “criminalises” parents, a Chi(...)

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