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#Irish Prison Service

# irish-prison-service - Monday 15 May, 2017

Large drop in number of people being jailed for non-payment of fines
# A Fine Thing
# A Fine Thing

Large drop in number of people being jailed for non-payment of fines

May 15th 2017, 12:48 PM 12,657 Views 36 Comments

New legislation enacted last year is being heralded as the reason for the reduction in committals.

# irish-prison-service - Wednesday 29 March, 2017

Inmate who escaped from open prison in 2015 returned to custody
# Loughan House
# Loughan House

Inmate who escaped from open prison in 2015 returned to custody

Mar 29th 2017, 12:37 PM 13,552 Views 0 Comments

John Paul Duncan was arrested by police in the UK in 2015 and extradited back to Ireland.

# irish-prison-service - Tuesday 28 March, 2017

Man accused of killing Gareth Hutch stabbed in Mountjoy
# Assault
# Assault

Man accused of killing Gareth Hutch stabbed in Mountjoy

Mar 28th 2017, 1:22 PM 26,454 Views 0 Comments

Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

# irish-prison-service - Sunday 26 February, 2017

Inmates in Irish prisons will soon have access to e-cigarettes
# Quitting
# Quitting

Inmates in Irish prisons will soon have access to e-cigarettes

Feb 26th 2017, 7:00 AM 10,782 Views 30 Comments

A new smoking policy for the prison service is currently being finalised.

# irish-prison-service - Monday 23 January, 2017

Irish prisons paid €3 million in 'pocket money' to inmates last year
# Jailhouse Dosh
# Jailhouse Dosh

Irish prisons paid €3 million in 'pocket money' to inmates last year

Jan 23rd 2017, 7:33 AM 16,199 Views 50 Comments

The Irish Prison Service has paid out over €27 million in pocket money to prisoners since 2009.

# irish-prison-service - Thursday 6 October, 2016

Prisoner facing discipline after breaking out onto roof of Cloverhill prison
# Rooftop Breakout
# Rooftop Breakout

Prisoner facing discipline after breaking out onto roof of Cloverhill prison

Oct 6th 2016, 8:25 PM 9,386 Views 23 Comments

The incident happened this evening at about 5.30pm.

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

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

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

Jul 23rd 2016, 7:15 AM 16,227 Views 50 Comments

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
# Recruitment Drive
# Recruitment Drive

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

Jul 8th 2016, 11:35 AM 30,316 Views 99 Comments

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
# Cork Prison
# Cork Prison

Prisoner left out in prison yard overnight alleges discrimination against Travellers

Jul 5th 2016, 1:02 PM 25,702 Views 0 Comments

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'
# Lgbt In Prison
# Lgbt In Prison

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

Feb 2nd 2016, 10:55 AM 19,041 Views 82 Comments

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'
# Lifers
# Lifers

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

Jan 10th 2016, 10:00 PM 63,121 Views 39 Comments

Through the Freedom of Information Act, TheJournal.ie 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
# Released
# Released

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

Nov 20th 2015, 10:52 AM 7,121 Views 26 Comments

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
# Education
# Education

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

Oct 31st 2015, 7:45 AM 8,163 Views 10 Comments

“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'
# Addiction
# Addiction

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

Jul 7th 2015, 5:10 PM 18,503 Views 17 Comments

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
# Dangerous
# Dangerous

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

Jul 6th 2015, 12:47 PM 21,541 Views 38 Comments

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
# Prisons
# Prisons

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

Jun 30th 2015, 10:11 PM 19,700 Views 49 Comments

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
# Stranded
# Stranded

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

Jun 10th 2015, 1:30 PM 28,721 Views 53 Comments

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
# Prisoner Complaints
# Prisoner Complaints

Prisoners in Irish jails are being forced to sleep on floors

May 27th 2015, 1:43 PM 13,794 Views 75 Comments

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

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

Group says cell sharing in Irish prisons puts inmates lives at risk
# Protection
# Protection

Group says cell sharing in Irish prisons puts inmates lives at risk

May 18th 2015, 6:14 PM 17,496 Views 52 Comments

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice said Gary Douche would not have been killed in 2006 if a formal cell sharing risk assessment system was in place.

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

Cork prisoner stabbed to death over a remote control named
# Cork
# Cork

Cork prisoner stabbed to death over a remote control named

May 17th 2015, 2:52 PM 21,090 Views 39 Comments

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
# Attack
# Attack

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

May 16th 2015, 7:30 AM 34,565 Views 41 Comments

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
# Portlaoise
# Portlaoise

Prisoner found dead in Midlands Prison cell

May 9th 2015, 11:03 AM 24,252 Views 47 Comments

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
# Pacify
# Pacify

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

May 8th 2015, 8:05 AM 24,462 Views 91 Comments

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'
# Wrong Message
# Wrong Message

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

May 8th 2015, 6:10 AM 15,130 Views 23 Comments

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"
# Not A Free For All
# Not A Free For All

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

Apr 9th 2015, 6:10 AM 18,742 Views 27 Comments

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
# At Large
# At Large

Nearly 300 prisoners have escaped custody in the last five years

Apr 3rd 2015, 9:23 PM 12,854 Views 17 Comments

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
# Say Please
# Say Please

The Prison Service made 166 requests for armed escorts last year

Mar 31st 2015, 4:32 PM 12,694 Views 44 Comments

… 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
# Not Fine
# Not Fine

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

Mar 9th 2015, 11:54 AM 16,653 Views 106 Comments

…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
# Strike Looming

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

Mar 4th 2015, 7:49 PM 13,036 Views 29 Comments

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?
# I'll Take That
# I'll Take That

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

Mar 1st 2015, 7:20 AM 12,259 Views 31 Comments

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
# Prison
# Prison

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

Feb 18th 2015, 9:05 AM 31,853 Views 72 Comments

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
# Prison Officers
# Prison Officers

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

Feb 7th 2015, 11:40 AM 10,598 Views 49 Comments

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
# Search Is On
# Search Is On

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

Dec 17th 2014, 6:32 PM 34,601 Views 84 Comments

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

There are currently 3,739 prisoners in Ireland - and we can't take many more
# Overcrowding
# Overcrowding

There are currently 3,739 prisoners in Ireland - and we can't take many more

Dec 1st 2014, 6:45 AM 6,054 Views 44 Comments

The average capacity is 91%.

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

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

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

Nov 15th 2014, 7:15 AM 16,521 Views 30 Comments

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
# Contraband
# Contraband

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

Nov 5th 2014, 8:06 AM 10,457 Views 36 Comments

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
# Prisoner Death
# Prisoner Death

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

Oct 7th 2014, 7:45 AM 7,462 Views 6 Comments

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
# Irish Prison Service
# Irish Prison Service

Prison officers announce work stoppages for two prisons later this month

Sep 4th 2014, 6:41 PM 12,806 Views 58 Comments

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
# Prisons
# Prisons

Man charged with murdering wife is found dead in prison cell

Aug 27th 2014, 10:52 PM 47,998 Views 0 Comments

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
# POCKET MONEY
# POCKET MONEY

Behaviour payments for prisoners criticised by victims of homicide group

Aug 18th 2014, 9:18 PM 8,861 Views 26 Comments

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