Parole Board

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Two life-sentence prisoners were recalled to resume serving their sentences behind bars for breaching the conditions of their release. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Seventeen life-sentence prisoners were released in 2019, in what was the busiest year for the Parole Board since 2014. The average term served by lif(...)

Aaron Brady is preparing to appeal against his conviction for the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe. Photograph: Collins

Aaron Brady will have no automatic entitlement to be released from his sentence for the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe and could spend the rest of(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson amde the comments while speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC Picture Publicity/Getty

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has blamed Labour for the early release of convicted terrorist Usman Khan, who murdered two people in a knife attack o(...)

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 (...)

Once freed, lifers are under licence for the rest of their lives and can be returned to prison if recommended during annual reviews by the Probation Service.

Eleven prisoners serving life sentences were released after a Parole Board review last year - more than a doubling of the number five years ago. In i(...)

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(...)

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