Thirty-four per cent of 825 drug dealers convicted in the courts over the past five years were given a suspended sentence.

It will come as news to many people that the law defines commercial-scale drug dealing as those offences involving consignments of drugs valued at €12(...)

Last Thursday, one prisoner was held in a prison van for more than three hours while awaiting his child’s case. Photograph: Collins Courts

Prisoners who attend the Dublin District Child Care Court are being held in prison vans while waiting for their cases because there are no holding cel(...)

Half of those held in 22- or 23-hour lock-up on January 1st, 2016 were inmates in Mountjoy Prison.  Photograph: David Sleator

More than 50 inmates in the Irish prison system were being held in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day earlier this year, with nine spending more(...)

Close up photo of a handcuffed elderly woman. Photograph: iStock

Some older prisoners are receiving personal care, including intimate care such as changing incontinence pads, from other prisoners, the Irish Penal Re(...)

Left to right: Adrian Bayley who was jailed for life for murdering Jill Meagher in Melbourne; Mark Nash, who murdered two women and was previously convicted for murdering two others; Brian Hennessy who was jailed for three life sentences for murdering Sharon Whelan and her daughters; and Clive Sharp jailed for life after confessing to the murder of Irish vet Catherine Gowing

Zoltan Almasi had just come home from work when he heard someone banging on his van outside his Naas home. He took a baseball bat and went to investig(...)

Maghaberry prison, on the outskirts of Belfast. Officials in the Republic have failed to release information on how long prisoners are spending in solitary. Photograph: Pacemaker

Prisoners were held in solitary confinement for months and even years in the North’s top security Maghaberry Prison despite a call from United Nation(...)

 Residents at the Oberstown Detention Campus in Dublin   climbed onto the roof of one of the buildings during a staff work stoppage. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There are “positive signals” that talks will resume between staff and management at the Oberstown youth detention centre following chaotic scenes duri(...)

As the prison population ages worldwide, it is expected that more prisoners will die of natural causes in prisons and have active palliative care needs. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The relatively recent phenomenon of ageing prison populations brings unique healthcare challenges for prison services worldwide. These include accommo(...)

 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(...)

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