Transaer House at Dublin Airport: Garda station custody facilities  “not yet operational”. It is “unknown” when the custody unit will open.  Photograph: Tom Honan

A dedicated immigration detention facility due to open at Dublin Airport in June 2019 is lying unused 14 months after its scheduled opening. The new (...)

The Irish Prison Service has said it is trying to accommodate inmates with symptoms in rooms with in-cell showers but that this is not possible in every case.File Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some prisoners awaiting tests for coronavirus are being kept in 24-hour lock-up with no access to showers as prison authorities try to prevent an outb(...)

The Irish Prison Service cannot release scores of elderly convicted paedophiles from jail, even though many have underlying health conditions and are (...)

Cocaine seized by the Garda following a search in 2019.

Serious drug dealers and drug mules are almost twice as likely to receive a prison sentence as they were a decade ago. They are also about twice as l(...)

File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Disabled prisoners are often left isolated in their cells due to a lack of supports, with one prisoner unable to leave his cell because a walking stic(...)

The rising prisoner population in Ireland could “undermine” the progress of penal reform, a new report has found. The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT(...)

The Dóchas Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish Prison Service is struggling to find beds for female inmates amid a large rise in the number of women being sent to prison. The number of w(...)

Sinéad O’Leary and Nichola Sweeney (19) who were attacked by Peter Whelan in April 2002. Photograph: Prime Time

The family of a teenager murdered in a frenzied attack in her home have expressed their dismay at discovering that her killer has been allowed out on (...)

‘There is often a perceived stigma attached to persons who have spent time in prison.’ File photograph: James Forde

Most employers would now consider hiring an ex-prisoner, new research has found, but concerns remain about serious post-release stigma in Ireland. A(...)

Maggie Clune, Social Enterprise Manager, PACE Organisation. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Interesting people congregate around the coffee cart in the yard of the Four Courts. Barristers with horsehair wigs and flowing robes stand around dee(...)

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