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(...)

The European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, where Frances Fitzgerald is speaking on Wednesday. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is in Geneva to face questioning before the United Nations on Ireland’s human rights record. Sh(...)

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

A prison officer in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times/Files

Prison can be a particularly dangerous place for gay, bisexual and transgender inmates (LGBT) but the Irish Prison Service does not have particular po(...)

The bail scheme was first recommended by the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Geoffrey Shannon in a report to the Government five years ago. Photograph: Garett White/Collins

The Department of Children has published a tender for a new “intensive supervision” bail scheme for minors awaiting trial. The system will add a laye(...)

Paul O’Mahony: had an abiding concern for justice and equality. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Paul O’Mahony, who has died aged 69, was an eminent psychologist, criminologist and campaigner for the more progressive and constructive treatment of (...)

Mountjoy Prison: former inmate Matthew Gray. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘You’re in your cell, looking at four walls. If you need to go to the toilet you have to go in a bucket. You have to urinate in it and do your number (...)

A prison officer on patrol in Mountjoy Prison. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government’s failure to allow prisons, Garda stations and other places of detention to be inspected by the United Nations has become a so(...)

Swearing in: Michael D Higgins during his inauguration at Dublin Castle in 2011, flanked by his predecessors Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Photograph: Maxwell

It was a Friday afternoon, two days before Michael D Higgins’s visit to France in February 2013. At Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin, and the Irish Em(...)

Hans Zomer (47) has been director of Dóchas, an umbrella group for Ireland’s development agencies, for the past 13 years. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

President Michael D Higgins is to appoint international aid specialist Hans Zomer as his head of communications. Mr Zomer (47) has been director of D(...)

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