Parole Board

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Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan: said he increased the number of judges to ‘ensure the efficient administration of justice’.   Photograph: Tom Honan

The process of appointing six additional judges to the Court of Appeal is expected to begin in September. Legislation to increase the statutory numbe(...)

Christy and Nancy Whelan,  Ciarán Bishop and Brigid McLoughlin at the Sentencing and Victim Equality  protest outside Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Bishop family are thankful the man, who brutally murdered their 18-year-old daughter as she walked home from a Halloween disco, is back behind bar(...)

Micheál Cunningham at the Lismaconly Cemetery grave of  his murdered daughter Ciara Ní Chathmhaoil. Photograph:  Tom Honan

The letter arrived in November. It was from the parole board wanting to know if the family of Ciara Ní Chathmhaoil had anything to submit regarding he(...)

Patrick Quirke was jailed for life for the murder of Bobby Ryan. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Men like Patrick Quirke who begin life terms having never been in jail usually struggle at the start of their sentence, according to informed sources.(...)

Milltown, Co Kildare, the hometown of killer Kennenth O’Reilly. Photograph: Google Street View

The husband of a woman who was murdered has called for her killer to be banned for life from entering Co Kildare. Kenneth O’Reilly was given a life s(...)

A dynamic risk assessment of John Shaw found him to be at a ‘high-level risk of re-offending’

The State’s longest serving prisoner is set to continue his legal bid for two days temporary release per year. English national John Shaw (73) has be(...)

Policemen outside a house in Gillam Street, Worcester, where the bodies of three young children were found impaled on garden railings in April 1973. File photograph: PA

A man who killed three children before hanging their mutilated bodies on a fence outside their UK home more than 40 years ago has been cleared for rel(...)

 ‘If a case involves murder, many family members are still experiencing severe trauma and mental health problems after the death of their loved one’, John Costello chairman of the Parole Board said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Life sentence prisoners released from Irish jails last year had served an average of 18 years, the Parole Board has said. Of the 21 life sentence pri(...)

John Costello, head  of the Parole Board: “In England over the five-year period from 2011 over £1 million was paid to prisoners because of delayed parole hearings.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Parole – the process allowing for the release for Ireland’s most serious criminals – is due to get a major shake-up later this year when the Oireachta(...)

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(...)

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