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#Irish Prison Service

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

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

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

Jun 25th 2014, 10:40 PM 35,286 Views 63 Comments

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
# Cutbacks
# Cutbacks

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

May 25th 2014, 8:00 AM 18,123 Views 54 Comments

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
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

More than 300 prisoners are still slopping out

May 21st 2014, 7:30 AM 9,439 Views 95 Comments

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

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 8 May, 2014

Call for Ombudsman as prison officers subjected to 'malicious' complaints
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Call for Ombudsman as prison officers subjected to 'malicious' complaints

May 8th 2014, 8:03 AM 4,867 Views 10 Comments

The Prison Officers Association has noted that the majority of complaints are not upheld.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 1 May, 2014

Death of Gary Douch, killed in Mountjoy, was "avoidable and should not have happened"
# Gary Douch
# Gary Douch

Death of Gary Douch, killed in Mountjoy, was "avoidable and should not have happened"

May 1st 2014, 11:13 PM 39,221 Views 65 Comments

A report into Douch’s death was published today and outlined systemic failures in the management of the man who killed him.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 3 April, 2014

Up to €50,000 was spent on maintaining Garda station recording equipment every year
# Gardagate
# Gardagate

Up to €50,000 was spent on maintaining Garda station recording equipment every year

Apr 3rd 2014, 11:39 AM 4,121 Views 15 Comments

Meanwhile, the Public Accounts Committee has agreed to seek all relevant information about the procurement of recording equipment by both the gardaí and the Irish Prison Service.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Prison Service to apologise for recording over 2,800 phonecalls
# Prisons
# Prisons

Prison Service to apologise for recording over 2,800 phonecalls

Apr 2nd 2014, 7:38 AM 4,874 Views 35 Comments

The Prison Service believes that another 1,000 calls relate to prisoners who are no longer in custody.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Conversations between 84 prisoners and their solicitors were ‘inadvertently recorded’
# Prisongate
# Prisongate

Conversations between 84 prisoners and their solicitors were ‘inadvertently recorded’

Apr 1st 2014, 5:55 PM 12,819 Views 65 Comments

New revelations about recordings have been disclosed by the Taoiseach in the Dáil today.

The 5 at 5: Tuesday
# Take 5
# Take 5

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

Apr 1st 2014, 4:50 PM 7,007 Views 0 Comments

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

# irish-prison-service - Monday 10 February, 2014

64: The number of prisoners escaped since 1996 still at large
# Prison Break
# Prison Break

64: The number of prisoners escaped since 1996 still at large

Feb 10th 2014, 9:34 AM 9,170 Views 17 Comments

The Irish Prison Service is in charge of prisoners, but if they abscond gardaí are informed.

# irish-prison-service - Monday 16 December, 2013

Irish Prison Service to pay €85,000 to three employees over equality issues
# Equality Tribunal
# Equality Tribunal

Irish Prison Service to pay €85,000 to three employees over equality issues

Dec 16th 2013, 7:15 AM 9,218 Views 21 Comments

The three cases were taken to the Equality Tribunal on gender discrimination grounds.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 11 December, 2013

Human rights training course launched for prison staff
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Human rights training course launched for prison staff

Dec 11th 2013, 4:04 PM 6,088 Views 87 Comments

The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, welcomed the training course at the Irish Prison Service College in Portlaoise.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

Sneak peek at the raunchy Irish Prison Service 2014 Calendar
# Officer Naughty
From The Daily Edge
# Officer Naughty

Sneak peek at the raunchy Irish Prison Service 2014 Calendar

Oct 16th 2013, 9:04 AM 28,782 Views 117 Comments

Prisoner Cell Block HOT!

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 4 September, 2013

One prisoner and two officers injured when prison van overturned in Galway
# Prison Van
# Prison Van

One prisoner and two officers injured when prison van overturned in Galway

Sep 4th 2013, 3:02 PM 16,773 Views 76 Comments

The vehicle with one female prisoner inside was on its way to Galway District Court from Dublin.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 30 August, 2013

Investigation launched after Mountjoy prisoner dies
# Mountjoy
# Mountjoy

Investigation launched after Mountjoy prisoner dies

Aug 30th 2013, 5:15 PM 16,797 Views 71 Comments

The prisoner was found unconscious in his cell late last night and was pronounced dead at the Mater Hospital.

# irish-prison-service - Sunday 14 July, 2013

Irish prisons could - possibly - be getting wi-fi
# Cyber Criminals
# Cyber Criminals

Irish prisons could - possibly - be getting wi-fi

Jul 14th 2013, 8:00 AM 9,284 Views 110 Comments

Alan Shatter says there’s no way that prisoners will be given open access to the internet – but they may be able to use it for educational resources.

# irish-prison-service - Saturday 13 July, 2013

36 per cent of prisoners in Irish jails serving at least five years
# Sentencing
# Sentencing

36 per cent of prisoners in Irish jails serving at least five years

Jul 13th 2013, 8:15 AM 3,102 Views 14 Comments

Just 17 women out of a total of 966 people, are serving sentences of more than seven years, mostly at Mountjoy Prison in Dublin.

# irish-prison-service - Saturday 6 July, 2013

Officers who mistreated teens at St Patrick's will not move to Wheatfield
# Young Offenders
# Young Offenders

Officers who mistreated teens at St Patrick's will not move to Wheatfield

Jul 6th 2013, 4:05 PM 8,983 Views 73 Comments

After visiting Wheatfield, the Children’s Ombdusman Emily Logan said she felt reassured about the move.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 4 June, 2013

Dundon trial to begin as he is hospitalised following prison hunger strike
# Courts
# Courts

Dundon trial to begin as he is hospitalised following prison hunger strike

Jun 4th 2013, 10:27 AM 11,023 Views 0 Comments

John Dundon is due before the Special Criminal Court today charged in connection with the 2008 murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 3 January, 2013

Seán Quinn released from Mountjoy after nine-week sentence for contempt
# Sean Quinn
# Sean Quinn

Seán Quinn released from Mountjoy after nine-week sentence for contempt

Jan 3rd 2013, 10:30 AM 8,277 Views 99 Comments

The bankrupt Cavan businessman, formerly Ireland’s richest man, has completed a nine-week sentence.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 21 December, 2012

Seán Quinn to be released from jail for 3 days over Christmas
# Sean Quinn
# Sean Quinn

Seán Quinn to be released from jail for 3 days over Christmas

Dec 21st 2012, 9:56 AM 5,938 Views 67 Comments

The decision was taken following talks between the Attorney General, the Prison Service and the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 7 August, 2012

The 5 at 5: Tuesday
# Take 5
# Take 5

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

Aug 7th 2012, 4:54 PM 6,362 Views 9 Comments

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

In numbers: the state of Ireland’s prisons in 2011
# Prisons
# Prisons

In numbers: the state of Ireland’s prisons in 2011

Aug 7th 2012, 1:18 PM 6,740 Views 23 Comments

The cost of detaining a prisoner in Irish jails fell last year – but to what?

# irish-prison-service - Monday 16 July, 2012

Update: Two brothers escape from Roscommon prison
# Roscommon
# Roscommon

Update: Two brothers escape from Roscommon prison

Jul 16th 2012, 1:05 PM 13,971 Views 58 Comments

Authorities at Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon discovered that the two men, both in their 20s, were unaccounted for this morning.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 22 May, 2012

'Disturbing issues' uncovered by probe of St Patrick's youth institution
# Young Offenders
# Young Offenders

'Disturbing issues' uncovered by probe of St Patrick's youth institution

May 22nd 2012, 5:51 PM 5,798 Views 11 Comments

The Inspector of Prisons is undertaking a “far reaching” inquiry into the institution, where 16 and 17-year-olds are held.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 2 May, 2012

Shatter defends early prisoner release scheme
# Early Release
# Early Release

Shatter defends early prisoner release scheme

May 2nd 2012, 9:31 AM 1,832 Views 32 Comments

Minister says he doesn’t foresee any difficulties managing new programme with current probation staff levels.

# irish-prison-service - Monday 30 April, 2012

Dramatic 45 per cent increase in numbers sent to prison
# Prisons
# Prisons

Dramatic 45 per cent increase in numbers sent to prison

Apr 30th 2012, 6:27 PM 3,281 Views 47 Comments

However, the number of prison staff has actually fallen over the last five years.

# irish-prison-service - Saturday 21 April, 2012

Three prisoners serving sentence for homicide offences are 'unlawfully at large'
# Escape
# Escape

Three prisoners serving sentence for homicide offences are 'unlawfully at large'

Apr 21st 2012, 8:00 AM 3,765 Views 22 Comments

One prisoner absconded in 2004 while another escaped in 2010.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 20 April, 2012

Every prisoner death to come under independent investigation
# Prison Deaths
# Prison Deaths

Every prisoner death to come under independent investigation

Apr 20th 2012, 9:31 AM 1,431 Views 5 Comments

The inspector of prisons will investigate the death of every person in the custody of the Irish Prison Service.

# irish-prison-service - Friday 13 April, 2012

The 5 at 5: Friday
# Take 5
# Take 5

The 5 at 5: Friday

Apr 13th 2012, 4:54 PM 4,154 Views 3 Comments

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock…

# irish-prison-service - Sunday 8 April, 2012

Temporary release of prisoners 'reduces risk to the community' - Shatter
# Prisons
# Prisons

Temporary release of prisoners 'reduces risk to the community' - Shatter

Apr 8th 2012, 8:45 AM 4,617 Views 62 Comments

The Minister for Justice has said the planned temporary release of certain prisoners helps the “gradual reintegration” of criminals into society.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 5 April, 2012

Investigation launched after man found dead in Mountjoy
# Prison
# Prison

Investigation launched after man found dead in Mountjoy

Apr 5th 2012, 5:46 PM 4,124 Views 4 Comments

The inmate was found unconscious in his cell by prison officers

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 29 March, 2012

Poll: Do you think there should be 'open prisons'?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you think there should be 'open prisons'?

Mar 29th 2012, 12:05 PM 4,507 Views 55 Comments

There are 19 inmates on the run from open prisons in Ireland. Only 6 per cent of our total prison population is in an open centre. Do we need them at all? You decide…

Prisoner has been on the run since 1995
# Jail Break
# Jail Break

Prisoner has been on the run since 1995

Mar 29th 2012, 11:17 AM 5,139 Views 14 Comments

Joint Oireachtas Committee hears that there are 19 prisoners unlawfully at large – one for 17 years.

GRA chief warns of 'risk to public safety' over escaped prisoner incident
# Prisons
# Prisons

GRA chief warns of 'risk to public safety' over escaped prisoner incident

Mar 29th 2012, 9:23 AM 1,784 Views 14 Comments

Damien McCarthy condemned the reasoning behind the transfer of a convicted garda killer to a low-security prison – saying that lax adherence to established standards was resulting in a risk to public safety.

Garda killer had escaped from same prison before
# Prisons
# Prisons

Garda killer had escaped from same prison before

Mar 29th 2012, 7:13 AM 4,881 Views 40 Comments

More details have emerged in the case of Martin McDermott, who was serving time for the manslaughter of a garda when he escaped from a Cavan prison earlier this month.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

Government considering construction of replacement Cork prison
# Prison Conditions
# Prison Conditions

Government considering construction of replacement Cork prison

Feb 29th 2012, 1:05 PM 2,618 Views 31 Comments

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter says that building a new prison facility in Cork could comprehensively tackle overcrowding and the ongoing practice of ‘slopping out’.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 5 January, 2012

Two prisoners fail to return after Christmas temporary release
# Prisons
# Prisons

Two prisoners fail to return after Christmas temporary release

Jan 5th 2012, 11:19 AM 3,528 Views 28 Comments

Gardaí have been notified after the two inmates failed to return to their institutions.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 6 September, 2011

Search continues for escaped prisoner
# Escaped
# Escaped

Search continues for escaped prisoner

Sep 6th 2011, 5:56 PM 333 Views 4 Comments

The 25-year-old escaped while in the custody of two prison officers at Mid-Western Regional Hospital last week.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 30 August, 2011

Escaped prisoner not located by authorities
# Escaped
# Escaped

Escaped prisoner not located by authorities

Aug 30th 2011, 12:26 PM 474 Views 8 Comments

The man absconded from custody while being treated at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick yesterday.