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#Prison Service

# prison-service - Tuesday 12 January, 2021

Three prisoners in Portlaoise and Mountjoy test positive for Covid-19
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Three prisoners in Portlaoise and Mountjoy test positive for Covid-19

Jan 12th 2021, 7:58 AM 14,975 Views 12 Comments

The prison service is making arrangements for mass testing of prisoners and staff in both locations.

# prison-service - Friday 26 July, 2019

'He could have lost his eye': Prison officer injured in assault by inmate at Cloverhill
# Cloverhill
# Cloverhill

'He could have lost his eye': Prison officer injured in assault by inmate at Cloverhill

Jul 26th 2019, 6:10 AM 15,453 Views 10 Comments

The Prison Officers Association has called for the provision of protective equipment like batons and pepper spray for staff.

# prison-service - Friday 15 February, 2019

'Mind-boggling': Department can't say whether payments to firm were for surveillance of prison staff
# Prison Service
# Prison Service

'Mind-boggling': Department can't say whether payments to firm were for surveillance of prison staff

Feb 15th 2019, 6:20 AM 17,119 Views 19 Comments

The prison service paid two private security companies over a two-year period.

# prison-service - Sunday 24 June, 2018

'If prison does not serve and rehabilitate offenders, they will return to life as before, or worse'
# Column
# Column

'If prison does not serve and rehabilitate offenders, they will return to life as before, or worse'

Jun 24th 2018, 6:15 AM 16,726 Views 20 Comments

I think some people baulk a little when they hear reports of major improvements being made to prison conditions, and of resources being spent on education and training, writes Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan.

# prison-service - Thursday 19 April, 2018

'Things are not getting better': Prison officers say they're attacked a lot more than official stats say
# Violent Attacks
# Violent Attacks

'Things are not getting better': Prison officers say they're attacked a lot more than official stats say

Apr 19th 2018, 8:41 AM 6,344 Views 27 Comments

Jim Mitchell, from the Prison Officers’ Association. has said the official figures “don’t reflect” the situation on the ground.

# prison-service - Sunday 18 December, 2016

Over 7,000 Irish prisoners got out on early release this year
# Outta Here
# Outta Here

Over 7,000 Irish prisoners got out on early release this year

Dec 18th 2016, 10:15 PM 10,425 Views 56 Comments

Statistics contained in the CSO showed 45% of prisoners reoffended within three years.

# prison-service - Tuesday 13 September, 2016

'We come together in the most distressing situations': Hundreds to take part in emergency services parade
# On The Frontline
# On The Frontline

'We come together in the most distressing situations': Hundreds to take part in emergency services parade

Sep 13th 2016, 10:00 PM 16,949 Views 13 Comments

The annual parade and gala will focus on safety and will also pay tribute to members of the services who lost their lives in the line of duty.

# prison-service - Wednesday 15 June, 2016

Hostage situation at Cloverhill may have been attempt to make claim against State
# Prison
# Prison

Hostage situation at Cloverhill may have been attempt to make claim against State

Jun 15th 2016, 4:29 PM 18,623 Views 11 Comments

An inmate who held another hostage in a cell was given a three and a half year sentence today.

# prison-service - Monday 30 November, 2015

Here's how repeat offenders causing 'havoc' are going to be tackled
# Crackdown
# Crackdown

Here's how repeat offenders causing 'havoc' are going to be tackled

Nov 30th 2015, 11:30 AM 24,098 Views 86 Comments

Gardaí, the Irish Prison Service, and the Probation Service are joining forces on the initiative.

# prison-service - Tuesday 3 November, 2015

Some officers 'turning a blind eye' to growth of criminal gangs in prisons
# Gang Culture
# Gang Culture

Some officers 'turning a blind eye' to growth of criminal gangs in prisons

Nov 3rd 2015, 6:59 PM 15,011 Views 58 Comments

The Irish Prison Service is being blamed for the growth of criminal gangs in Irish jails.

# 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 28,699 Views 53 Comments

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

# 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 24,174 Views 47 Comments

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

# prison-service - Thursday 30 April, 2015

Prisoner stabbed in head with 'sharpened spoon' in serious condition
# Wheatfield
# Wheatfield

Prisoner stabbed in head with 'sharpened spoon' in serious condition

Apr 30th 2015, 3:58 PM 21,898 Views 44 Comments

The prisoner lost a huge amount of blood in the attack.

# prison-service - Sunday 26 April, 2015

'No special honours' for soldiers, prison staff, gardaí who served during The Troubles
# Service
# Service

'No special honours' for soldiers, prison staff, gardaí who served during The Troubles

Apr 26th 2015, 6:00 PM 16,433 Views 42 Comments

One TD thinks there should be.

# prison-service - Thursday 23 April, 2015

Two prison officers receive slash wounds in inmate attack at Mountjoy Prison
# Attack
# Attack

Two prison officers receive slash wounds in inmate attack at Mountjoy Prison

Apr 23rd 2015, 10:39 AM 14,263 Views 38 Comments

The prisoner used an improvised weapon.

# prison-service - Saturday 27 December, 2014

Inmates found dead at two Irish prisons over Christmas period
# Suspected Overdoses
# Suspected Overdoses

Inmates found dead at two Irish prisons over Christmas period

Dec 27th 2014, 1:40 PM 31,671 Views 0 Comments

Prisoners died at Limerick Prison and at Wheatfield in Dublin. It’s believed they suffered drug overdoses.

# prison-service - Thursday 18 September, 2014

Both sides 'disappointed' as officers picket outside Cloverhill prison
# Industrial Non-relations
# Industrial Non-relations

Both sides 'disappointed' as officers picket outside Cloverhill prison

Sep 18th 2014, 3:51 PM 10,650 Views 38 Comments

The officers claim staffing levels are dangerously low.

# prison-service - Wednesday 27 August, 2014

New governor appointed to Mountjoy Prison
# New Job
# New Job

New governor appointed to Mountjoy Prison

Aug 27th 2014, 2:23 PM 10,115 Views 29 Comments

Brian Murphy will take up his new role in September.

# prison-service - Monday 16 June, 2014

From GSOC to asylum seekers, what are Ireland's human rights failings?
# There Are Loads
# There Are Loads

From GSOC to asylum seekers, what are Ireland's human rights failings?

Jun 16th 2014, 10:11 PM 7,739 Views 97 Comments

And we have to address them all before a United Nations committee next month.

# 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.

# 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 39,218 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.

# 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.

# prison-service - Monday 20 January, 2014

Concerned Cork residents say new prison will overshadow their homes
# Cork
# Cork

Concerned Cork residents say new prison will overshadow their homes

Jan 20th 2014, 10:43 PM 15,479 Views 42 Comments

The Director General of the Irish Prison Service Michael Donnellan said the residents were fully consulted about the construction plans for the new prison.

# 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.

# 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 28,780 Views 117 Comments

Prisoner Cell Block HOT!

# prison-service - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

Prison officer recovering from cancer awarded €80,000 in employment tribunal case
# Equality Tribunal
# Equality Tribunal

Prison officer recovering from cancer awarded €80,000 in employment tribunal case

Sep 17th 2013, 7:15 AM 14,562 Views 38 Comments

The Equality Tribunal has found that the Prison Service did not have “fair and transparent” selection processes in place.

# prison-service - Wednesday 3 July, 2013

“The culture has not changed” – St Patrick’s Institution finally gets closed down
# Young Offenders
# Young Offenders

“The culture has not changed” – St Patrick’s Institution finally gets closed down

Jul 3rd 2013, 8:17 PM 15,641 Views 115 Comments

The head of the Irish Prison Service said that the safety of young offenders cannot be guaranteed at St Patrick’s.

# prison-service - Monday 29 April, 2013

Killer on the run after making escape while visiting sick father in hospital
# On The Run
# On The Run

Killer on the run after making escape while visiting sick father in hospital

Apr 29th 2013, 10:56 AM 16,572 Views 45 Comments

Christopher Doyle was previously given a 12 year sentence for the manslaughter of Co Meath pensioner, Patrick Logan.

# prison-service - Wednesday 13 February, 2013

Dublin gardaí plan work-to-rule for next week
# Industrial Action
# Industrial Action

Dublin gardaí plan work-to-rule for next week

Feb 13th 2013, 6:28 AM 13,965 Views 95 Comments

The rank-and-file gardaí also agreed not to work in prisons if prison officers go on strike.

# prison-service - Monday 19 November, 2012

Report asks for more supports for children with parents in prison
# Prison
# Prison

Report asks for more supports for children with parents in prison

Nov 19th 2012, 11:47 AM 3,460 Views 32 Comments

The Irish Penal Reform Trust has made a number of recommendations about the rights and needs of families of prisoners.

# prison-service - Saturday 3 November, 2012

Hillary Clinton calls killing of David Black "outrageous and cowardly act"
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Hillary Clinton calls killing of David Black "outrageous and cowardly act"

Nov 3rd 2012, 11:45 AM 6,942 Views 57 Comments

The US Secretary of State praised the swift efforts of the PSNI in trying to bring the perpetrators to justice.

# prison-service - Thursday 1 November, 2012

The 5 at 5: Thursday
# Take 5
# Take 5

The 5 at 5: Thursday

Nov 1st 2012, 4:55 PM 9,661 Views 5 Comments

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# prison-service - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Column: Politicians have no place in deciding who gets freed from prison
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Politicians have no place in deciding who gets freed from prison

Oct 23rd 2012, 7:30 PM 30 Views 32 Comments

Our early release system badly needs an overhaul, writes Liam Herrick of the Irish Penal Reform Trust.

# prison-service - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Double killer Malcolm MacArthur released after 30 years
# Out Of Jail
# Out Of Jail

Double killer Malcolm MacArthur released after 30 years

Sep 19th 2012, 8:11 AM 42,577 Views 32 Comments

MacArthur was jailed in 1982 after he killed a nurse in the Phoenix Park and shot dead a farmer.

# 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.

# prison-service - Tuesday 8 May, 2012

Israeli court rejects hunger-strikers' appeal
# Hunger Strike
# Hunger Strike

Israeli court rejects hunger-strikers' appeal

May 8th 2012, 12:38 PM 942 Views 11 Comments

Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh have been striking for more than 70 days. They are among more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners who are currently on hunger strike.

# 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.

# prison-service - Friday 13 April, 2012

Electronic monitoring of prisoners to be introduced
# Tagging
# Tagging

Electronic monitoring of prisoners to be introduced

Apr 13th 2012, 2:42 PM 2,739 Views 39 Comments

The Irish Prison Service has put the contract to provide the system out to tender.

# prison-service - Saturday 28 January, 2012

More than 15,000 contraband items seized in Irish prisons
# Weapons
# Weapons

More than 15,000 contraband items seized in Irish prisons

Jan 28th 2012, 8:00 AM 2,545 Views 15 Comments

In the past two years, almost 3,000 weapons have been confiscated from prisoners, including homemade items such as sharpened toothbrushes and pool balls in socks.

# prison-service - Tuesday 20 December, 2011

GAA player's murder accused found dead
# Shane Rodgers
# Shane Rodgers

GAA player's murder accused found dead

Dec 20th 2011, 6:15 PM 10,077 Views 46 Comments

Shane Rodgers, who was being held in custody in Cloverhill on charge of murdering James Hughes, was found dead in a holding cell.

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