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#Irish Prison Service

# irish-prison-service - Saturday 23 July, 2016

Treatment of sick inmates in focus after death by heart attack of 65-year-old prisoner

Criticisms are contained in a report into the death of a 65-year-old man at the prison last year.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 8 July, 2016

Search begins for new officers with "tolerance and humanity" to work in Irish prisons

The first recruits are expected to enter prison service college in early 2017.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 5 July, 2016

Prisoner left out in prison yard overnight alleges discrimination against Travellers

On 2-3 March of this year, inmate Martin McDonagh was accidentally locked outside in an exercise yard all night at Cork Prison.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 2 February, 2016

'They think you are a poof and they prey on you'

A new report documents the experiences of LGBT people in prison, an “invisible population”.

# irish-prison-service - Sunday 10 January, 2016

When life means life: 'All I went for was a few bob. I hadn't it in mind at all to kill her'

Through the Freedom of Information Act, discovered there are just three men who have been imprisoned for over 40 years for murders committed back in the 1960s and 1970s.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 20 November, 2015

84% of sex offenders released this year haven't completed treatment programmes

In 2014 the number of sex offenders released who completed the programme worked out at 21%

# irish-prison-service - Saturday 31 October, 2015

Rehabilitation services: What exactly is being offered and how many prisoners are using them

“Prison is about network-building and if those on the inside aren’t educated, this will foster more crime on the outside.”

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 7 July, 2015

'I've seen people being sliced, being kicked around in prison - it's all because of drugs'

A former inmate described the devastating impact the availability of drugs has on the lives of those both inside and outside our prisons.

# irish-prison-service - Monday 6 July, 2015

These are just some of the lethal homemade weapons seized in Irish prisons

The Irish Prison Service launched a confidential helpline today for inmates and members of the public to report information about contraband.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 30 June, 2015

Prisoner spent two hours on roof of Cloverhill today after retrieving drugs

It comes after inmates formed a pyramid to help a prisoner get on the roof of Mountjoy prison earlier this month.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 10 June, 2015

Inmates in Mountjoy formed pyramid in yard to help prisoner reach drugs

The inmate consumed the drugs while he was up there and was unable to get back down.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 27 May, 2015

Prisoners in Irish jails are being forced to sleep on floors

Reports by the Prison Visiting Committees of eleven prisons have been released this morning,

# irish-prison-service - Monday 18 May, 2015

# irish-prison-service - Sunday 17 May, 2015

Cork prisoner stabbed to death over a remote control named

41-year-old Graham Johnson died following a dispute.

# irish-prison-service - Saturday 16 May, 2015

Officers stabbed by escaped prisoner Derek Brockwell receive letter about their sick leave

The Prison Officers Association is calling for open sick leave for prison officers injured in the course of their duties.

# irish-prison-service - Saturday 9 May, 2015

Prisoner found dead in Midlands Prison cell

It’s the second death of a prisoner in 24 hours.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 8 May, 2015

'Dangerous' prisoner has fishtank, Playstation and special brown bread delivered to jail cell

The Prison Officers Association also heard that there are talks about building a garden space for him.

Irish Prison Service: 'It was Swiss roll, not a birthday cake'

The Prison Officers Association says the wrong message is being sent out to prisoners.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 9 April, 2015

This TD thinks new prison visiting rules are "incredibly sinister"

The Irish Prison Service isn’t quite sure what he’s on about though…

# irish-prison-service - Friday 3 April, 2015

Nearly 300 prisoners have escaped custody in the last five years

Three who absconded this year are still at large.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 31 March, 2015

The Prison Service made 166 requests for armed escorts last year

… and the gardaí turned most of them down. And no one seems to know why.

# irish-prison-service - Monday 9 March, 2015

Over 8,000 people were jailed last year for not paying small fines

…costing taxpayers about €180 per person per day.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 4 March, 2015

'Luas security guards have better stab vests than prison officers' Strike Looming This post contains videos

'Luas security guards have better stab vests than prison officers'

A ballot on industrial action will take place next week.

# irish-prison-service - Sunday 1 March, 2015

Which Irish prisons confiscated the most weapons, drugs and mobiles last year?

Around 3,723 people are currently serving time.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 18 February, 2015

Melanie McCarthy-McNamara killer wins High Court case over solitary confinement

The High Court decided that Daniel McDonnell’s constitutional rights were breached.

# irish-prison-service - Saturday 7 February, 2015

Isolating 'puppet master' gang leaders should stem the supply of drugs in prisons

The Irish Prison Officers’ Association said the initiatives announced this week are nothing new.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 17 December, 2014

Gardaí are searching for a prisoner who escaped from a prison van today

He has been in custody at Portlaoise prison since 2012 and it’s reported that his case was due before the court of appeal tomorrow.

# irish-prison-service - Monday 1 December, 2014

# irish-prison-service - Saturday 15 November, 2014

Here's how many prisoners were given temporary release since 2009 ... and never came back

Many are still deemed “unlawfully at large from custody”.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 5 November, 2014

Hooch, mobile phones and 421 tablets all found in cell search in Mountjoy

The search was carried out early yesterday morning.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 7 October, 2014

Prisoner death report finds he had left drug treatment programme but Prison Service didn't know

The prisoner was granted temporary release on the condition that he reside at Coolmine Treatment Centre.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 4 September, 2014

Prison officers announce work stoppages for two prisons later this month

The Irish Prison Service says its disappointed with the proposals.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 27 August, 2014

Man charged with murdering wife is found dead in prison cell

Marius Sarzynski was found by prison staff last night.

# irish-prison-service - Monday 18 August, 2014

Behaviour payments for prisoners criticised by victims of homicide group

Each prisoner is eligible for a gratuity amount that is fixed by the Minister for Justice.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 12 August, 2014

Mobile phones, modems and USB keys found in dissident wing of Portlaoise Prison

About 30 phones were found in the high security prison.

# irish-prison-service - Saturday 26 July, 2014

Mountjoy prisoner dies after being found unconscious in cell

The prisoner was found in his cell at around 4am this morning and was taken to hospital.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 25 July, 2014

Ireland told to stop sending people to prison for not paying fines

The UN also expressed concern over the continued practice of slopping out.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

Investigation launched after drone full of drugs touched down at Dublin prison

One of the prisoners is believed to have swallowed some of the packages contained in the helicopter drone.

# irish-prison-service - Sunday 25 May, 2014

'From scumbag to student': The power of prison education

A former prisoner, who went from drug dealer to master’s student, has called for more funding for education in prisons. He admitted it will be “a hard sell”.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 21 May, 2014

More than 300 prisoners are still slopping out

A further 261 are held in solitary confinement, some for 23 hours a day.