Michael Reilly

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Bobby Ryan

Patrick Quirke The accused (50) denied murdering Bobby Ryan but accepted he had an affair with Mary Lowry and fell in love with her. Patri(...)

The Circle at St Patrick’s Institution, North Circular Road, Dublin.

For years there have been demands for St Patrick’s Institution to close its doors. Drawing heavy criticism both domestically and abroad, its decommiss(...)

“It is a sad fact that the prison population includes a significant number of individuals who are highly vulnerable.”  Photograph: istockphoto

A total of 173 prisoners died while serving sentences across the island of Ireland during the last decade. There were 129 deaths in the Republic wh(...)

 A Prison Service spokesman said there was no specific reason for the rise in deaths last year but said there has been  one death so far this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

There was a significant increase last year in the number of inmates dying in Irish prisons or while on temporary release. According to unreleased fig(...)

Staff working in Cloverhill say the number of mentally ill people being sent there by the courts is unprecedented. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly has urged the Government to radically reform the Republic’s prison system by bringing prisoner complaints un(...)

 Shane Rogers was accused of killing Crossmaglen GAA star James Hughes following a row over his ex-girlfriend. Photograph: Family handout/PA Wire

The family of a man charged with murder who killed himself in a cell at Cloverhill Courthouse despite being on a suicide watch have settled their High(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said the inspector of prisons Judge Michael Reilly had recently completed an assessment of culture within the Irish Prison Service, the recommendations of which are currently under consideration. File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Prison authorities should reconsider allowing children who are not related to inmates to visit due to ongoing issues with drugs, an inspection team ha(...)

A cell in the Midlands prison in Portlaoise. The Inspector of Prisons has said in a report that management at the prison ‘did not exercise the duty of care that would be expected’ in the case of a deceased prisoner. Photograph: The Irish Times

An inmate who died in Midlands Prison in 2013 was in a “totally inappropriate” accommodation situation with a volatile cellmate, according to an indep(...)

Clare Daly: Independent TD said a delegation of TDs had requested permission to visit Portlaoise. She said they had been waiting for a reply for months. Photograph: Fergal Phillips.

Authorities in Portlaoise Prison have ignored requests from a delegation of TDs to visit the facility, refusing to answer letters and leaving them t(...)

Judge Michael Reilly said some officers “prefer to turn a blind eye” to the activities of gangs in prisons. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Prison officers have criticised the Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, for offering unsubstantiated opinions after he concluded in a report t(...)

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