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#Irish Prison Service

# irish-prison-service - Friday 7 January, 2022

Irish Prison Service cancels in person visits to inmates in all jails in response to Covid-19
# Jail Visits
# Jail Visits

Irish Prison Service cancels in person visits to inmates in all jails in response to Covid-19

Jan 7th 2022, 9:10 PM 16,911 Views 0 Comments

Family visits will be temporarily suspended from 10 January until 24 January, 2022.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 21 December, 2021

Prison watchdog: Cork inmates afraid to talk to inspectors for fear of reprisal by authorities
# Cork Prison
# Cork Prison

Prison watchdog: Cork inmates afraid to talk to inspectors for fear of reprisal by authorities

Dec 21st 2021, 4:35 PM 12,536 Views 20 Comments

The report recorded claims by one inmate that a Black prisoner had been referred to by a prison officer as “a raisin in a bowl of rice”.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 18 November, 2021

Prison service facing 'unprecedented challenge' as it manages three Covid-19 outbreaks
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Prison service facing 'unprecedented challenge' as it manages three Covid-19 outbreaks

Nov 18th 2021, 11:25 AM 10,321 Views 9 Comments

There are at least 63 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among inmates.

# irish-prison-service - Monday 5 July, 2021

Irish Prison Service 'aware' of TikTok video claiming to be filmed in Mountjoy Prison
# Tiktok
# Tiktok

Irish Prison Service 'aware' of TikTok video claiming to be filmed in Mountjoy Prison

Jul 5th 2021, 7:48 PM 50,294 Views 0 Comments

The video has been viewed more than 400,000 times.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 16 June, 2021

1,200 inmates receive Covid vaccines as wider roll-out to prisons begins
# Vaccines
# Vaccines

1,200 inmates receive Covid vaccines as wider roll-out to prisons begins

Jun 16th 2021, 11:56 AM 10,595 Views 25 Comments

The vaccinations will be administered by staff from the National Ambulance Service.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 11 June, 2021

Some prisoners had no access to a shower for 14 days while quarantining
# Isolation
# Isolation

Some prisoners had no access to a shower for 14 days while quarantining

Jun 11th 2021, 10:41 PM 25,659 Views 61 Comments

The Irish Prison Service has “poor adherence” with laws on handling prisoner complaints, report finds.

# irish-prison-service - Saturday 16 January, 2021

HSE confirms prison nurses will be vaccinated as frontline healthcare workers - but timeline remains unclear
# Covid Jab
# Covid Jab

HSE confirms prison nurses will be vaccinated as frontline healthcare workers - but timeline remains unclear

Jan 16th 2021, 7:30 AM 12,963 Views 19 Comments

Some prison nurses were told they would not be included in the healthcare worker stage of the vaccine roll-out at all.

# irish-prison-service - Saturday 22 August, 2020

Woman becomes first confirmed Covid-19 case in Irish prison system
# Prison
# Prison

Woman becomes first confirmed Covid-19 case in Irish prison system

Aug 22nd 2020, 3:58 PM 40,132 Views 28 Comments

It is understood the woman has been in quarantine since her incarceration.

# irish-prison-service - Monday 17 August, 2020

Visiting restrictions relaxed further for prisoners - except at Portlaoise and Midlands prisons
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Visiting restrictions relaxed further for prisoners - except at Portlaoise and Midlands prisons

Aug 17th 2020, 3:46 PM 11,635 Views 6 Comments

Limits on visiting were introduced at the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 24 June, 2020

Fifty-five prisoners granted temporary release since start of March re-arrested
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Fifty-five prisoners granted temporary release since start of March re-arrested

Jun 24th 2020, 8:00 PM 26,694 Views 30 Comments

Thirty-seven of the 55 were re-arrested for allegedly committing a range of criminal offences.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Prison visits to resume across two phases
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Prison visits to resume across two phases

Jun 23rd 2020, 10:58 PM 13,472 Views 33 Comments

The Irish Prison Service suspended visits in March because of the pandemic.

# irish-prison-service - Monday 15 June, 2020

Number of people jailed for not paying court-ordered fines almost doubled in 2019
# New Report
# New Report

Number of people jailed for not paying court-ordered fines almost doubled in 2019

Jun 15th 2020, 12:05 PM 12,522 Views 25 Comments

The Irish Prison Service annual report 2019 was published today.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 10 June, 2020

'Everyone had to play their part': How Ireland kept Covid-19 out of its prisons
# Infection Control
# Infection Control

'Everyone had to play their part': How Ireland kept Covid-19 out of its prisons

Jun 10th 2020, 5:29 PM 17,164 Views 24 Comments

Even with the movement of staff in and out of prisons and some 700 new committals there have been no confirmed cases among inmates.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Prison Service now has temperature checks at the entrances to all prisons
# Covid-19 Measures
# Covid-19 Measures

Prison Service now has temperature checks at the entrances to all prisons

Mar 31st 2020, 7:24 PM 14,594 Views 16 Comments

“Difficulties do exist in implementing social distancing on the basis that over 52% of prisoners share cells,” a prison spokesperson said.

# irish-prison-service - Monday 16 March, 2020

Alcohol-free hand sanitiser given to prisoners over fears it would be used for 'moonshine'
# Prison
# Prison

Alcohol-free hand sanitiser given to prisoners over fears it would be used for 'moonshine'

Mar 16th 2020, 10:46 AM 30,761 Views 37 Comments

Alcohol-based sanitiser was banned after prisoners drank a concoction of handwash and prescription drugs in 2014.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 13 March, 2020

Coronavirus: Talks underway to reduce number of people in prison in a 'controlled manner'
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Coronavirus: Talks underway to reduce number of people in prison in a 'controlled manner'

Mar 13th 2020, 9:07 PM 49,040 Views 103 Comments

Concerns had already been raised about how the Irish Prison Service would cope with Covid-19.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

Irish Prison Service set to spend €1.3 million on inmate clothing
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Irish Prison Service set to spend €1.3 million on inmate clothing

Mar 10th 2020, 6:10 AM 22,022 Views 31 Comments

Boxers must be a 50-50 cotton-polyester mix and be washable at 40ºC.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 5 March, 2020

'They don’t even have the capacity to keep everyone in single cells': Concerns over potential Covid-19 spread in prisons
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'They don’t even have the capacity to keep everyone in single cells': Concerns over potential Covid-19 spread in prisons

Mar 5th 2020, 6:30 AM 29,487 Views 49 Comments

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has said that overcrowded prisons make it harder to control the spread of the viruses.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 25 October, 2019

Central Mental Hospital is at full capacity, prisoners with severe conditions wait 120 days for transfer
# Prison Reform
# Prison Reform

Central Mental Hospital is at full capacity, prisoners with severe conditions wait 120 days for transfer

Oct 25th 2019, 12:05 AM 17,352 Views 18 Comments

There are also currently 614 prisoners on a waiting list for an intervention from prison psychology services.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 24 October, 2019

Investigation launched after prisoner escapes custody while attending University Hospital Limerick
# At Large
# At Large

Investigation launched after prisoner escapes custody while attending University Hospital Limerick

Oct 24th 2019, 10:30 PM 20,464 Views 27 Comments

The man escaped from the custody of prison officers through a window at the hospital shortly before 2pm.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 20 September, 2019

Irish prison strategy aims to tackle threat of drones but overcrowding remains major challenge
# Strategic Plan
# Strategic Plan

Irish prison strategy aims to tackle threat of drones but overcrowding remains major challenge

Sep 20th 2019, 8:54 AM 9,375 Views 23 Comments

The Justice Minister launched the Irish Prison Service Strategic Plan 2019-2022 yesterday.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 16 August, 2019

Convicted child sex offender Tom Humphries released from Midlands Prison
# Released
# Released

Convicted child sex offender Tom Humphries released from Midlands Prison

Aug 16th 2019, 11:57 AM 62,950 Views 124 Comments

The former sports journalist was jailed for the sexual exploitation and defilement of a child.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 25 July, 2019

Evidence to suggest tracking device was placed on private car of prison officer, report finds
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Evidence to suggest tracking device was placed on private car of prison officer, report finds

Jul 25th 2019, 5:39 PM 15,318 Views 4 Comments

The report was carried out by the Inspector of Prisons.

# irish-prison-service - Saturday 6 April, 2019

Opinion: I want to change the way society sees ex-offenders so I organised a TEDx Talk in Mountjoy
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: I want to change the way society sees ex-offenders so I organised a TEDx Talk in Mountjoy

Apr 6th 2019, 7:30 AM 17,774 Views 42 Comments

Ex prisoners took to the stage to deliver talks to an audience of prisoners, senior policymakers, politicians, activists, education-providers, and employers, writes Nikki Gallagher.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 20 March, 2019

Prisoner escapes from custody while receiving treatment at St James's Hospital in Dublin
# Escaped
# Escaped

Prisoner escapes from custody while receiving treatment at St James's Hospital in Dublin

Mar 20th 2019, 1:45 PM 88,739 Views 33 Comments

The incident happened at around 10am this morning.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 19 February, 2019

Boy awarded €35,000 after contracting TB from dad who picked it up from prisoners at work
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Boy awarded €35,000 after contracting TB from dad who picked it up from prisoners at work

Feb 19th 2019, 2:35 PM 22,483 Views 0 Comments

The judge said the boy had “suffered a nasty little life experience” but had fortunately fully recovered.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 17 January, 2019

Investigation into claims of 'unauthorised surveillance' in Irish prisons to finish in February
# Whistleblower
# Whistleblower

Investigation into claims of 'unauthorised surveillance' in Irish prisons to finish in February

Jan 17th 2019, 6:11 AM 14,945 Views 0 Comments

The examination of claims by a prison officer was ordered by the Justice Minister in November.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 22 November, 2018

Alleged use of tracking devices on cars of Irish prison officers to be probed by Inspector of Prisons
# Bugged
# Bugged

Alleged use of tracking devices on cars of Irish prison officers to be probed by Inspector of Prisons

Nov 22nd 2018, 2:20 PM 14,240 Views 0 Comments

Revelations that officers’ vehicles had been bugged were published today in the Irish Examiner.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 9 November, 2018

Search launched after prisoner escapes from Dublin courthouse
# Prison Break
# Prison Break

Search launched after prisoner escapes from Dublin courthouse

Nov 9th 2018, 7:52 PM 29,783 Views 28 Comments

The man escaped from the Cloverhill court in Clondalkin, west Dublin this morning.

# irish-prison-service - Sunday 29 July, 2018

Irish Prison Service recruiting chaplains to 'encourage and support' inmates
# Pastoral Care
# Pastoral Care

Irish Prison Service recruiting chaplains to 'encourage and support' inmates

Jul 29th 2018, 4:00 PM 14,023 Views 49 Comments

There are vacancies in a number of prisons including Mountjoy.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 26 June, 2018

Prison service investigating two staff allegations about management practices
# Protected Disclosure
# Protected Disclosure

Prison service investigating two staff allegations about management practices

Jun 26th 2018, 6:00 AM 11,058 Views 1 Comment

Another case under consideration from 2016 involves allegations of penalisation.

# irish-prison-service - Monday 25 June, 2018

'Prison is for dangerous criminals': Drop in numbers sent to prison for non-payment of fines
# Justice
# Justice

'Prison is for dangerous criminals': Drop in numbers sent to prison for non-payment of fines

Jun 25th 2018, 3:37 PM 10,476 Views 31 Comments

More than 2,000 people were sent to prison for failure to pay a court-imposed fine last year.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 8 June, 2018

Over 2,000 people jailed for non-payment of fines last year
# Court Fines
# Court Fines

Over 2,000 people jailed for non-payment of fines last year

Jun 8th 2018, 6:15 AM 19,133 Views 26 Comments

The latest figures shows there has been a significant drop in the number of imprisonments following new legislation.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 12 April, 2018

Man accused of murdering estranged wife Joanne Lee found dead in Mountjoy Prison
# Ranelagh
# Ranelagh

Man accused of murdering estranged wife Joanne Lee found dead in Mountjoy Prison

Apr 12th 2018, 9:57 AM 71,034 Views 8 Comments

Joanne Lee’s body was found in a flat in Ranelagh.

# irish-prison-service - Monday 2 April, 2018

Prison guards are cracking down on moonshine in Irish prisons
# Last Of The Slammer Wine
# Last Of The Slammer Wine

Prison guards are cracking down on moonshine in Irish prisons

Apr 2nd 2018, 5:00 PM 17,464 Views 16 Comments

The largest amount seized was 266 pints in Castlerea Prison.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 18 January, 2018

Up to 25% of Mountjoy Prison inmates being put in solitary confinement for their own protection
# Mountjoy Prison
# Mountjoy Prison

Up to 25% of Mountjoy Prison inmates being put in solitary confinement for their own protection

Jan 18th 2018, 10:14 AM 14,256 Views 67 Comments

120 inmates were put under a protection regime in October 2016.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 22 December, 2017

142 prisoners will be granted temporary release over Christmas
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

142 prisoners will be granted temporary release over Christmas

Dec 22nd 2017, 12:13 PM 8,383 Views 20 Comments

Many of the prisoners being released are nearing the end of their sentences.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 14 November, 2017

Irish Prison Service paid out €500k in loans to inmates over three years
# Interest Free
# Interest Free

Irish Prison Service paid out €500k in loans to inmates over three years

Nov 14th 2017, 4:14 PM 32,326 Views 86 Comments

The loans were given for a number of reasons, including the purchases of games consoles.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 11 October, 2017

Man found dead in cell at Cloverhill Prison
# Cloverhill
# Cloverhill

Man found dead in cell at Cloverhill Prison

Oct 11th 2017, 6:44 PM 17,600 Views 36 Comments

Foul play is not suspected in the man’s death.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 19 September, 2017

Prisoner was not checked for over two hours on night he died
# Portlaoise
# Portlaoise

Prisoner was not checked for over two hours on night he died

Sep 19th 2017, 3:59 PM 23,996 Views 22 Comments

The Inspector of Prisons has said the people who failed in their duties in the man’s care should be held to account.

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