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Wednesday 31 May 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Inspector of Prisons

This year
# Andrew Gearns
Prison staff knew Cork man was suffering 'delusions' prior to fatal suicide attempt
Report finds staff did carry out a significant number of checks on cell – more than what is required by Irish Prison Service procedures.
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# cork prison
Prison watchdog: Cork inmates afraid to talk to inspectors for fear of reprisal by authorities
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”.
# Inspector of Prisons
Prisoners denied showers for 14 days due to Covid quarantine
Freshly released reports also found that prisoners are not being provided with sufficient meaningful human contact.
# Annual Report
Inspector of Prisons was refused entry to facility by officer who 'appeared to be intoxicated'
The details of the incident are contained in the Office of Inspector of Prisons 2018 annual report.
# Portlaoise
Prisoner was not checked for over two hours on night he died
The Inspector of Prisons has said the people who failed in their duties in the man’s care should be held to account.
# Inspector of Prisons
Tánaiste leads tributes following death of Judge Michael Reilly
The Inspector of Prisons died earlier today.
# gang culture
Some officers 'turning a blind eye' to growth of criminal gangs in prisons
The Irish Prison Service is being blamed for the growth of criminal gangs in Irish jails.
# Suicide
Prisoner took his own life nine days after being moved to Cork Prison as a punishment
The 25-year-old prisoner was found hanged in his cell.
# Inspector of Prisons
Prison officers say they're told to "cover their arses"
The Inspector of Prisons has criticised the lack of accountability among prison officers.
# Prisons
Mountjoy unit with 'air of neglect and decay' closed after damning report
The Inspector of Prisons had said prisoners in the unit were inactive and the unit was ‘dirty’during his visits.
# Mountjoy
Family asks why media knew about tinfoil found in dead prisoner's cell before they did
The man was serving a 16-year sentence for drug possession when he was found dead in Mountjoy last August.
# women in prison
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.
# Locked Up
Damning report into St Patrick's finds forced stripping, excessive force and intimidation
The latest report by the Inspector of Prisons has found systematic violation of the human rights of the offenders held in St Patrick’s Institution.
# Young offenders
'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.
# Prison deaths
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.
# Prisons
Inspector's report finds Limerick Prison 'has made progress'
A report by the Inspector of Prisons earlier this year had found that Limerick Prison was not fit for purpose and needed a ‘regime change’.
# Prisons
Parts of Limerick Prison 'not fit for purpose' - report
The Minister for Justice has expressed “shock” at a report on conditions at Limerick Prison, which highlights issues of overcrowding, cleanliness and hygiene, staffing, physical conditions and repairs.
# Irish Prisons
Prisons' Inspector criticises procedures for investigating prisoner deaths
Judge Michael Reilly says that investigations into the deaths of prisoners do not meet the standards of international best practice and lack consistency across the country’s 14 prisons.