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 David Drumm will be regarded as being of no security risk as a prisoner and will likely  earn the right to be transferred to an open prison. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Prisoner number 102640, David Drumm, will serve just over 3½ years before being due for release. Prisoners like Drumm – who are educated and who do n(...)

All of those serving life sentences in Irish prisons are there for either homicide offences (327) or serious sexual offences (12). File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland has a relatively small prison population but the percentage of inmates serving life sentences has been increasing for years. Today nearly 9 p(...)

Social and therapeutic horticulturist Caitriona Kelly with prisoners participating in a gardening course at Loughan House open prison  in Co Cavan. Photograph: Barry Cronin/barrycronin.com

Driving into Loughan House open prison in Co Cavan is a surreal experience. There’s no gate or security barrier operator to check my credentials. I pa(...)

A letter in Eamon O’Cuív’s name had been used in Séamus McGrane’s defence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív has insisted he did not write a character reference for dissident republican leader Séamus McGrane, who was jailed on Thur(...)

Former garda Stephen Cooper was jailed for three years for a string of offences. Photograph: Collins Courts.

When is an assault not an assault? It’s generally accepted that a two footed tackle in a football match doesn’t count as assault. Similarly, if you (...)

Graham Johnson (42) suffered fatal chest and throat injuries in an attack at Cork Prison. Photograph: Provision

Cork Prison is facing two separate legal actions relating to the murder of an inmate in the prison kitchen by a man with a history of knife violence. (...)

Prison officers are receiving the equivalent of almost two weeks’ pay each year for overtime hours that they have not worked, a report has found. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Prison officers are receiving the equivalent of almost two weeks’ pay each year for overtime hours that they have not worked, a report has found. The(...)

Ciarán Burke and Darragh Smith working with others in the walled garden in Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Part two of our ‘Surviving or Thriving’ series looks at innovative community health projects. Part two: New growth project.    Adults wit(...)

 The Joy is a four-part documentary on day-to-day life for inmates at Mountjoy Prison, one of the largest facilities in Ireland and arguably the most notorious. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The first of a four-part documentary on day-to-day life for inmates at Mountjoy Prison, one of the largest facilities in Ireland and arguably the most(...)

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

Serious problems such as drug abuse, violent attacks and imprisonment of mentally ill persons persist across the Irish prison system, visiting committ(...)

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