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 (...)

The proposed site for the prison-themed cafe is located near Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: iStockphoto

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) is seeking to open a “prison-themed” cafe in Dublin city centre which will employ ex-offenders. As part of the Departm(...)

Last year several prisons’ visiting committees reported their concerns on the impact of criminal gangs on prison life. Photograph: The Irish Times

There are up to 14 criminal gangs operating in Irish prisons which are putting “huge pressure” on resources, according to the head of the Irish Prison(...)

All of those serving life sentences in Irish prisons are there for either homicide offences (327) or serious sexual offences (12). File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland has a relatively small prison population but the percentage of inmates serving life sentences has been increasing for years. Today nearly 9 p(...)