Michael Reilly

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Dave* is one of the Samaritans-trained ‘listeners’ in Dublin’s Wheatfield Prison, who counsel other prisoners about mental health issues: ‘Prison is so fake . . . The listeners let you take off your mask.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Peter* was just 17 when he first entered solitary confinement. “I had 30 days of my sentence left – I will never forget it – and I got into a fight. B(...)

A confession of failure

The closure of St Patrick’s Institution for Young Offenders and the sacking or prosecution of those prison officers who abused or assaulted inmates ca(...)

 D Wing cells   in St Patrick’s Institution, Dublin.   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The latest report on St Patrick’s Institution for Young Offenders by the Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, has revealed a cruel regime, whic(...)

St Patrick’s Institution, North Circular Road, Dublin. Judge Michael Reilly has recommended the closure of the prison.

Last October when Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly published his seminal report on staff abuses at St Patrick’s Institution, he found child p(...)

The Home Economics class at St Patrick’s Institution. Some prisoners were found to have stale food in freezing cells with dirty bed linen.

The Government has been forced into closing St Patrick’s Institution for Young Offenders after a series of surprise visits to the jail by Inspector of(...)

The Circle at St Patrick’s Institution North Circular Road. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The country’s largest institution for young offenders, St Patrick’s in Dublin, is to be shut down amid concerns for inmates’ safety, Minister for Jus(...)

All of the complaints made by prisoners against prison officers and investigated under a new independent system established six months ago have(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter insisted reforms had been put in place after a damning recent report into conditions and abuses of prisoners by a small number of staff at the north Dublin facility. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Investigations are under way into an incident in St Patrick's Institute for Young Offenders after a prisoner alleged he was tied up and sexuall(...)

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