Once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, prison staff will undergo ongoing training modules on equality, diversity and inclusion. File photograph: iStock

Racist and inappropriate comments by prison staff on social media have damaged the reputation of the Irish Prison Service (IPS), its director general (...)

‘We don’t buy the versions currently on the market, we buy second-hand versions that we ensure that any ability to operate wifi or to engage online is decommissioned’. Photograph: iStock

Prison authorities are sourcing older, second-hand models of games consoles to prevent inmates using internet enabled versions to communicate with peo(...)

A number of members of staff and inmates at Midlands Prison are self-isolating after being exposed to a positive case .Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Prison authorities are confident they have contained a Covid-19 outbreak in the country’s largest prison. Mass testing has been ongoing in the Midlan(...)

In 2019, the number committed to prison increased by 10.7 per cent, to 8,939, including 6,276 men and 894 women. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The increase in the number of people committed to prison has surged to a 10-year high necessitating the earlier release of some prisoners and an audit(...)

The report noted that the prisoner had gone unchecked for two periods of over 2 hours on the night when he should have been checked hourly in accordance with operating procedures. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The prison watchdog has criticised the authorities in Mountjoy for repeated failures by staff to notice that a prisoner had died in his cell. The Ins(...)

The inquiry report was reviewed by the Attorney General, who cleared it for publication. Photograph: Getty Images

Prison service staff attempting to stop the supply of drugs and contraband into Irish jails wrongfully, and possibly illegally, carried out covert sur(...)

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(...)

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