Some of the Arbour Hill inmates are in their 70s and 80s and many have underlying conditions which may make them more vulnerable to the virus.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

About 10 per cent of the population of Arbour Hill prison has tested positive for Covid-19, the largest single outbreak in the prison system since the(...)

Prison inspections are set to become a deeper and more forensic exercise in the Republic. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/File

A more “robust and ambitious” system of prison inspections for the Republic is about to start but the power to investigate how prisons are being manag(...)

Penal reform advocates have said the death of a terminally ill prisoner who died after repeatedly trying to access emergency medical attention could a(...)

Keeping Covid-19 out of Irish prisons came at a significant cost to the mental and physical wellbeing of prisoners, with elderly inmates being kept in(...)

A visit ban was imposed in mid-March, which kept prisons free of the virus and also severely limited the amount of drugs being smuggled in. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Prisoners who were unable to get smuggled drugs during the Covid-19 ban on family visits could die of overdose if families bring in supplies now, the (...)

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(...)

In her annual report for 2018, the Inspector of Prisons, Patricia Gilheaney, identified a number of serious problems in the country’s 13 prisons.

The Irish Prison Service is using a “high risk” system to keep rival gang members separated, according to a report by the Inspector of Prisons. In he(...)

Patricia Gilheaney, Inspector of Prisons. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The new Inspector of Prisons was refused entry to a facility by a drunken prison officer, according to a damning new report from the inspector’s offic(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

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