Cocaine seized by the Garda following a search in 2019.

Serious drug dealers and drug mules are almost twice as likely to receive a prison sentence as they were a decade ago. They are also about twice as l(...)

File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Disabled prisoners are often left isolated in their cells due to a lack of supports, with one prisoner unable to leave his cell because a walking stic(...)

The rising prisoner population in Ireland could “undermine” the progress of penal reform, a new report has found. The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT(...)

The Dóchas Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish Prison Service is struggling to find beds for female inmates amid a large rise in the number of women being sent to prison. The number of w(...)

Sinéad O’Leary and Nichola Sweeney (19) who were attacked by Peter Whelan in April 2002. Photograph: Prime Time

The family of a teenager murdered in a frenzied attack in her home have expressed their dismay at discovering that her killer has been allowed out on (...)

‘There is often a perceived stigma attached to persons who have spent time in prison.’ File photograph: James Forde

Most employers would now consider hiring an ex-prisoner, new research has found, but concerns remain about serious post-release stigma in Ireland. A(...)

Maggie Clune, Social Enterprise Manager, PACE Organisation. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Interesting people congregate around the coffee cart in the yard of the Four Courts. Barristers with horsehair wigs and flowing robes stand around dee(...)

A prison officer in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The number of prisoners admitted to an early release programme which has a 90 per cent success rate in preventing reoffending has been cut by half in (...)

Oberstown Children’s Detention Centre: It costs €6,557 to detain a child for a week  in the State’s only child detention facility. Photograph: Iain White / Fennell Photography

Insurance companies have started demanding the case files of troubled children before agreeing to provide coverage for them in residential care. The (...)

President Michael D Higgins at the official opening of  Flac’s new head office in Dublin, which coincides with its 50th anniversary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

President Michael D Higgins has said it is not acceptable that in a State which claims to be a democracy the “most vulnerable section of our society i(...)

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