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Wednesday 29 November 2023 Dublin: 2°C

# Dóchas Centre

This year
Mountjoy's female prisoners without specialised rape counselling since last August
A report by
Eoghan Dalton
The situation has caused alarm for those working in the sector, as international research suggests at least half of female prisoners have been sexually abused.
All time
Allegations of 'inappropriate relationships' between female inmates and prison officers, new report finds
The allegations are contained in the just published annual report by the Visiting Committee for 2017.
Woman wrongly put in Mountjoy was told 'if you keep being dishonest I can keep you in longer’
Amy Daly spoke about her ordeal on radio.
Four babies born to women in prison last year
The seven births in 2017 and 2016 follow no births to mothers in custody in 2015 with three in 2014 and two in 2013.
President Higgins tells women prisoners: 'I never underestimate how difficult the time you spend here can be'
“Your opinions and views matter and your voices should be heard,” he said.
From white-collar criminals to murderers: Rare glimpse inside women's prison
“You don’t expect to hear the sound of a crying baby in a prison”.
Margaretta D'Arcy to be released from prison in ten days
However the 79-year-old campaigner will be back in court in June over charges relating to another protest at Shannon Airport.
Overcrowding at Dóchas women's prison has led to "tension throughout" the centre
The report by Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly found that the centre has consistently operated above its capacity.
Big increase in number of women being sent to jail
The number of women being sent to jail has increased by one third in the last three years, while the number of men being imprisoned has levelled off.
Mobile phone seizures in St Patrick's Institution double in 3 years
The juvenile detention centre has had more illegal mobile phones seized so far this year than any other prison.
Justice Department insists no decision made on Catherine Nevin release
The Department of Justice has taken the unusual step of commenting on the case of convicted murderer Catherine Nevin insisting that there has been no decision on her proposed temporary release.
'Lying Eyes' Sharon Collins released from prison
She has served just less than four years of her six year sentence.
Criticism of 'strip search' in women's prison
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin described a new report on the Dochás centre in Mountjoy as ‘worrying’ after it alleged female inmates had to strip in front of male staff during a search.
"I'd like to go back to where I was before it ever happened": Teresa Treacy speaks
In advance of a meeting with barristers about her conflict with the ESB and Eirgrid on her land, Teresa Treacy spoke to about her experiences in jail, and her hopes for the future.
Standoff in Offaly as ESB moves onto Teresa Treacy land
The ESB has this morning moved onto Treacy’s lands to continue construction work, but neighbours are blocking the way.
Supporters of jailed Teresa Treacy to protest at Mountjoy
The 65-year-old was sent to prison last week for refusing to allow the ESB to cut down trees on her land.
Prisoner dies in Mountjoy