“It is a sad fact that the prison population includes a significant number of individuals who are highly vulnerable.”  Photograph: istockphoto

A total of 173 prisoners died while serving sentences across the island of Ireland during the last decade. There were 129 deaths in the Republic wh(...)

A Derry man has denied bringing a note into Maghaberry  Prison on behalf of the leadership of the Real IRA during an arraignment hearing at Belfast Crown Court. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A Derry man has denied bringing a note into Northern Ireland’s top security prison on behalf of the leadership of the Real IRA. William McDonnell (28)(...)