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(...)

The visiting box in the new National Violence Reduction Unit in the Midlands Prison, Portlaoise. The unit is due to open to prisioners next week Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Four prisoners with records of extreme violence and who are currently being moved around jails surrounded by riot shield barriers are being sent to a (...)

On Friday, in Mountjoy main prison, 227 prisoners were on a protection regime, meaning they are locked up for at least 19 hours a day. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Over half of the prisoners in the country’s biggest prison, Mountjoy, are currently in protection regimes for their own safety due to gang violence. (...)

As director general of the Irish Prison Service, Michael Donnellan embarked on a programme of change underpinned by a more progressive ethos than that which prevailed at the time. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The retirement of Michael Donnellan from his post as director general of the Irish Prison Service has passed largely unnoticed. But his contribution t(...)

Michael Donnellan became director-general of the Irish  Prison Service in 2011. ‘He has led a significant culture change in the penal system,’ said Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has paid tribute to the head of the prison service, Michael Donnellan, who is retiring. Mr Donnellan became dir(...)

Prison Service director general Michael Donnellan reported this week that “huge pressure” was being placed on the system because of the need to keep prisoners separated for their own safety. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Prisons have always been dangerous places for inmates and staff. But the activities of feuding gangs, many involved in drug-related activities, have m(...)

Damien Comer: he is a  prime example of what is possible for Galway. He is loving being the leader of their attack. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

There was a fella back in west Kerry years ago who was known as The Cricket. He was always talking about the crickets – by which he meant critics, alt(...)

 Michael Donnellan, director general of the Irish Prison Service (IPS), said the management of people with severe and enduring mental illness posed a major challenge. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Irish prison population has been “exploding” in the past year but staff are unable to offer adequate mental health services, an Oireachtas Committ(...)

Gangs control parts of some of the State’s jails and are continuing to deal drugs and order murders outside the prison system, a prison officers’ group has claimed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gangs control parts of some of the State’s jails and are continuing to deal drugs and order murders outside the prison system, the Prison Officers’ As(...)

Corofin line out for their semi-final win against Moorefield in the  All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship semi-final at Bord na Mona O’Connor Park in Tullamore, Co Offaly, in February. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Everything is circular. When Corofin popped up and won the All-Ireland club final 20 years ago, their presence caused a ripple of excitement across th(...)

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