Mountjoy Prison: there have been several significant outbreaks among prisons, including one in Mountjoy which affected 36 inmates. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Inmates in the country’s 14 jails are being vaccinated against Covid-19 on a “prison-by-prison” basis instead of by age group, following criticism of (...)

Testing of Mountjoy’s 700 prisoners started last week with 19 positive results returned by Monday. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A total of 19 prisoners in Mountjoy have tested positive for Covid-19, the largest outbreak in the prison system since the pandemic began. Testing wi(...)

The judge gave indicative sentences and postponed imposing the sentence for a number of weeks. File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

A Circuit Court judge has said he will start handing down indicative sentences which will be formally given at a later date, due to the ongoing prison(...)

There were delays of about an hour at many prisons as staff queued to be admitted to work when security arrangements were slowed, with longer delays reported at the Midlands Prison, Portlaoise (pictured). File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Prison officers have been told by their union to withdraw their “goodwill” in an action designed to force clarity from the justice and health authori(...)

AGSI called for a risk assessment. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has asked the Minister for Justice to clarify if people in prison will be vaccinated before g(...)

The Prison Officers Association has written to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to warn him that the prison service could “collapse” if the virus, which has to date been contained in the prison system after each outbreak, were to spread. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 1,000 prisoners and prison officers at the Republic’s largest prison are due to be tested for Covid-19 this week in a bid to control an outb(...)

Medical laboratory scientists have rejected a proposed public service pay agreement. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The proposed new public service pay agreement has been backed by higher grade civil and public servants, prison officers as well as by members of the (...)

There have now been Covid-19 cases in prisoners in four facilities around the country. File photograph: Collins Dublin

An inmate in Limerick Prison has tested positive for Covid-19. The prisoner has been isolated and all 200 of the jail’s inmates are to be tested as a(...)

Prison management is confident it has contained the outbreak  at the Midlands Prison. Photograph: Collins Dublin

More than 40 prison officers and staff from the Midlands Prison are self-isolating amid a Covid-19 outbreak at the facility. About 30 officers are is(...)

At the time, prison staff and the Prison Officers Association expressed concerns about how the event might impact efforts to keep the prison system free of Covid-19. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) has appointed an outside agency to investigate a prison governor’s retirement gathering which took place near the heigh(...)

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