Main corridor in the  National Violence Reduction Unit,   Midlands Prison, Portlaoise. Photograph:  Colin Keegan

The National Violence Reduction Unit (NVRU) – a high security prison unit designed to house Ireland’s most violent inmates – has remained only about h(...)

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 (...)

In just one week last March, 50 packages, some containing drugs, were either thrown into or conveyed by drones into Wheatfield Prison, a conference has heard. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A technological solution to the issue of drones being used to smuggle contraband into Irish prisons will be tested shortly, Minister for Justice Charl(...)

‘Serious violence is often part of the scenario here and we prison officers pay the inevitable price.’ Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times/File

Prisoners are sleeping on mattresses on the floors of Irish prisons as the system faces serious overcrowding issues, the representative body for priso(...)

Irish prisons: warring gangs use threats and acts of violence against other inmates, their family members and staff. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

In 2013, Seán had just been transferred to C-Wing when the alarm went off. It was a sound he was used to. Whenever there is a major fight in Mountjoy(...)

HMP Birmingham: Inspectors found blood, vomit and rat droppings on the floor of the prison, where drugs were used openly and inmates appeared to be in control.   Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

 Britain’s prisons minister has warned that up to 20 jails are facing problems similar to those in HMP Birmingham, which the government has taken(...)

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(...)

The Prison Officers Association says at least 13 of its members have been assaulted by inmates over the past year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Prison officers were regularly being attacked, in one case sexually, by prisoners even as inmates were benefitting from the current “hugging philosoph(...)

The Government’s proposal to make the 25,000 public service staff who have faster-accruing pensions pay more for their benefits has been strongly criticised by a number of trade unions. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government has again indicated it wants public employees with faster-accruing pensions, such as gardaí , prison officers and soldiers, to make lar(...)

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