Since the start of 2019, numbers in custody on any given day have exceeded 4,000 regularly with  an increasing number of prisoners serving long sentences. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Overcrowding is returning to the Irish prison system as the number of people being sentenced to terms of imprisonment by the courts increases and the (...)

An investigation was carried out after a serving prison officer alleged  conversations between inmates and solicitors had been monitored. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A report into alleged covert surveillance in the prison service is being considered by Attorney General. Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said (...)

In just one week last March, 50 packages, some containing drugs, were either thrown into or conveyed by drones into Wheatfield Prison, a conference has heard. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A technological solution to the issue of drones being used to smuggle contraband into Irish prisons will be tested shortly, Minister for Justice Charl(...)

Irish Red Cross volunteer inmates at the Community Based Health in Detention Workshop at the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise. Photograph: James Forde

A pioneering health programme in Irish prisons has been credited with reducing knife attacks, improving the mental health of inmates and increasing th(...)

Rebecca Ellis, with a photograph of her brother Alan. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ Irish Times

When Alan Ellis appeared in court in last October to plead guilty to his latest offence he was surrounded by a phalanx of prison guards in full riot g(...)

Caron McCaffrey: previously worked for the Department of Justice in the press office and the Asylum Policy Division before taking up the role of Press and Programmes Manager in the IPS in 2006.

Caron McCaffrey, a career official, has been appointed Director General of the Irish Prison Service (IPS). She is the first woman to hold the post. M(...)

Fine Gael’s John Deasy: “Now, €5 million is not going to solve anything, frankly, when it comes to overtime,” he said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government funding for the Garda’s new Operation Thor crime crackdown was “too small to achieve anything”, and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgeral(...)