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

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

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"

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

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

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’

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

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

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

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

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

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

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

Sneak peek at the raunchy Irish Prison Service 2014 Calendar

Prisoner Cell Block HOT!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock…

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

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

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

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 This post contains a poll

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# irish-prison-service - Monday 29 August, 2011

GARDAÍ HAVE confirmed that a prisoner escaped from the Irish Prison Service’s custody this evening while being treated at Mid-Western Regional Hospital. Both the gardaí and the prison service are investigating the incident and are searching for the escaped man. RTÉ reports that the man, aged in his 20s, has a year left to serve. He was chased by two prison officers, but managed to escape.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 25 August, 2011

Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.