Michael Donnellan, director general of the Irish Prison Service (IPS), said the management of people with severe and enduring mental illness posed a major challenge. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Irish prison population has been “exploding” in the past year but staff are unable to offer adequate mental health services, an Oireachtas Committ(...)

Staff working in Cloverhill say the number of mentally ill people being sent there by the courts is unprecedented. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly has urged the Government to radically reform the Republic’s prison system by bringing prisoner complaints un(...)