NI Prisoner Ombudsman to speak on Prisoner Complaints and Investigations into Prison Deaths | Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT)

REMINDER: NI Prisoner Ombudsman to speak on Prisoner Complaints and Investigations into Prison Deaths | Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT).

 

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) is delighted to welcome Northern Ireland Prisoner Ombudsman, Pauline McCabe, to Dublin as keynote speaker at a seminar and launch event taking place this Friday, 30th March 2012 at 11am in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle.

 

Strengthening Accountability Behind Bars: Prisoner Rights and Prisoner Complaints will outline the rights of prisoners while they are in custody, whilst also examining the structures that need to be in place in order to protect these rights. A new publication, the Know Your Rights Your Rights as a Prisoner, produced jointly with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, will be launched at the event.

 

Pauline McCabe has established her office at the cutting edge of prison accountability internationally and she will speak about her work investigating prisoner complaints and deaths in custody, and will address wider themes of accountability within the prison system in Northern Ireland.

 

A panel discussion, chaired by Gráinne McMorrow SC, will follow the address. Panellists will include:

 

  • Mr Jimmy Martin, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Justice and Equality
  • Brian Murphy, Deputy Director, Operations, Irish Prison Service
  • Mr John Clinton, General Secretary, Prison Officers Association

 

A former prisoner will also speak about his experiences.

 

For all media enquiries, interviews with speakers, and images, please contact: Fíona Ní Chinnéide: T: (01) 874 1400; M: 087 181 2990; E: communications@iprt.ie

 

This publication and seminar are funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, as part of its Research Development Initiative. It is part of a collaborative project between Dublin Institute of Technology and the Irish Penal Reform Trust. See: http://www.irchss.ie/awrads/rdi

 

NOTES

 

1. NI Prisoner Ombudsman | www.niprisonerombudsman.com

 

The Prisoner Ombudsman is appointed by the Minister of Justice for Northern Ireland and is completely independent of the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS). The Prisoner Ombudsman investigates complaints from prisoners held in Northern Ireland who remain unhappy with how their complaint has been responded to by the Prison Service. The Prisoner Ombudsman also investigates all deaths in Prison Service custody in Northern Ireland. The current Prisoner Ombudsman is Pauline McCabe. She is supported in her work by a team of investigators and other support staff.

 

2. Know Your Rights: Your Rights as a Prisoner

 

Produced jointly by the ICCL and IPRT, the Your Rights as a Prisoner pack aims to help prisoners understand the rights they have while in prison. It is written in everyday language and is informative and easy to use. Following its launch on Friday 30th March, the booklet will be available online at www.knowyourrights.ie and www.iprt.ie; it will also be available in print on request from IPRT (01-8741400 or info@iprt.ie) Your Rights as a Prisoner will be available in audio format and in translation from summer 2012.

 

3. IPRT Position Paper 7: Complaints, Monitoring and Inspection in Prisons

 

This Position Paper assesses the current complaints and investigation structures in Ireland against international human rights standards and obligations, and makes a series of recommendations for the improvement of current mechanisms, including a call for the establishment of an Office of Prisoner Ombudsman to deal with individual complaints. Download the paper here.

 

4. Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) | www.iprt.ie

 

IPRT is Ireland’s leading non-governmental organisation campaigning for the rights of everyone in prison and the progressive reform of Irish penal policy, with prison as a last resort.

 

5. Know Your Rights | www.knowyourrights.ie

 

The Irish Council for Liberties (ICCL) Know Your Rights public information project is designed to inform people in clear and accessible language about their rights under various key areas of the law in Ireland. Topics covered in Know Your Rights booklets include: Criminal Justice and Garda Powers, Privacy and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

NI Prisoner Ombudsman to speak on Prisoner Complaints and Investigations into Prison Deaths | Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT)

The Old Triangle: A Celebration for the Benefit of IPRT | Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT)

The Old Triangle: A Celebration for the Benefit of IPRT | Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT).

President Michael D. Higgins will join artists including Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Peter Sheridan, Shaz Oye, GREENSHINE, and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill for an evening celebrating arts in prison and prison in arts.

The celebration takes place this Sunday night (26th February) at 8pm in the Abbey Theatre.

Hope to see you there!

The Old Triangle: A Celebration for the Benefit of IPRT | Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT)

The Old Triangle: A Celebration for the Benefit of IPRT | Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT)

What an exciting event this should be.

 

Tickets available from http://www.abbeytheatre.ie

The Old Triangle

A celebration for the benefit of the Irish Penal Reform Trust

Sunday, 26th February 2012 at 8pm

Abbey Theatre, Dublin 1

A celebration of music and words for the benefit of the Irish Penal Reform Trust, The Old Triangle seeks to raise awareness of the need for penal reform and the place of prison and prisoners in society. Many of the artists taking part in this celebration have worked in prisons, and we are mindful of the important role the arts and artists have to play in the life of our prisons.

The featured musicians and writers, all of whom are waiving fees for the night, are:

Christy Moore

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Peter Sheridan

Karan Casey & Niall Vallely

Tony Curtis

Shaz Oye

GREENSHINE
(Noel Shine, Mary Greene & Ellie Shine)

Leanne O’Sullivan

Jimmy Kelly & friends

The artist Eddie Cahill, introduced by Brian Maguire

The event is hosted by Paula Meehan and Theo Dorgan. IPRT is very grateful for the financial support from Poetry Ireland in this event.

We are all aware that there is a huge debate going on in Ireland right now about what kind of civil society we should be striving for. Artists are as much part of the debate as anyone, and conscious of the need to make this debate as inclusive and wide-ranging as possible.” – Paula Meehan, Patron of IPRT

We very much hope you can join us on the night for what will, we are sure, be a memorable event – and we hope you can bring a friend or two along as well!

Booking details

Tickets are €20 (standard) with a limited number at €40 (premium supporters).

Tickets can be booked online at www.abbeytheatre.ie or by calling the Abbey Theatre box office on (01) 87 87 222. (The Box Office is open Mon – Sat from 10.30am – 7pm.)

 

The Old Triangle: A Celebration for the Benefit of IPRT | Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT).

The Old Triangle: A Celebration for the Benefit of IPRT | Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT)

Law Student Colloquium at Trinity College Dublin

The fourth annual Law Student Colloquium will be held in Trinity College Dublin on Saturday February 4, 2012. It will be followed by the first annual Brian Lenihan memorial address to be held in the GMB. The address is in recognition of Mr Lenihan’s substantial contribution to public life, his longstanding relationship with the law school as student, scholar and lecturer, and his tragic recent death. Judge Bryan McMahon will be speaking under the title of “Judging.” Former AG Paul Gallagher will chair. The event will be followed by a wine reception The email address for those wishing to get in contact is law.student.colloquium@gmail.com and further information can be found at http://www.tcd.ie/Law/studentcolloquium/. Kindly sponsored by William Fry and Allen and Overy.

Law Student Colloquium at Trinity College Dublin

Judgment from High Court of England and Wales on Slopping out

A decision of the English High Court on slopping out can be found here.

Delivered today, it holds that using a bucket is not of itself inhuman or degrading treatment. All of the circumstances of the slopping out and conditions of detention must be taken into account. This is in keeping with ECHR jurisprudence, but is to be contrasted with the recent Scottish decision of Greens.

Judgment from High Court of England and Wales on Slopping out

Prison Law Seminar: ‘Creative Use of Legal Instruments’ | Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT)

From http://www.iprt.ie:

Prison Law Seminar: ‘Creative Use of Legal Instruments’ | Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT).

Irish Penal Reform Trust, Irish Criminal Bar Association
and Dublin Solicitors Bar Association

With the Generous Support of the
Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The 8th in our series of Prison Law Seminars, co-hosted with the DSBA and the ICBA, on ‘Creative Use of Legal Instruments’ will take place at 5.30pm on Thurs 8th December, 2011 at the Distillery Building, Church St, Dublin 7. The seminar will be presented by Caoilfhionn Gallagher BL, leading prison law practitioner with Doughty Street Chambers in London, the Chambers of Geoffrey Robertson QC and Edward Fitzgerald QC.

Event details:

  • Date & Time: 5.30-7.30pm on Thurs 8th December, 2011
  • Venue: Distillery Building, Church St, Dublin 7.
  • Fee: €20 (€10 students; no fee for former prisoners)
  • Register online here. Alternatively, contact Mary Gaffney at 01-8741400 or email: info@iprt.ie

This Prison Law Seminar will be followed by a mulled wine and mince pie reception – so we hope you can start the Christmas celebrations early with IPRT!

About the Speaker:

Caoilfhionn Gallagher BL is a leading prison law practitioner with Doughty Street Chambers in London, the Chambers of Geoffrey Robertson QC and Edward Fitzgerald QC. Caoilfhionn is a human rights and civil liberties specialist, and has particular expertise in prison law and community care for children and vulnerable adults.  She is a Council of Europe expert on Articles 10 and 11 ECHR and she has co-authored a number of books, including the best-selling Oxford University Press textbooks, Blackstone’s Guide to the Human Rights Act (4th and 5th editions, 2007 and 2009), and Children in Need: local authority support for children and families (Legal Action Group, 2011).

Caoilfhionn’s practice is exclusively on the claimant side.  She is ranked as a ‘leading junior’ in public, administrative and civil liberties law by the UK legal directories, with particular mention given to her human rights work for adults and children in prison.  She has recently acted in a number of high-profile and sensitive prison cases, including a successful judicial review challenge to the Parole Board’s policies for Learco Chindamo, who was convicted of the murder of headteacher Philip Lawrence when a teenager; and civil claims for suicidal and self-harming prisoners ‘ghosted’ between prisons in 2009 to avoid them speaking to the Chief Inspector of Prisons.

Her prison cases cover all aspects of imprisonment and resettlement, including prison discipline and segregation, healthcare and disability, sentence miscalculations, homeless children leaving custody, deaths in custody, separation of mothers and babies, and ‘outsourcing’ of Ministerial obligations to private sector organisations such as SERCO and G4S.  She also regularly takes prison cases to Strasbourg, and acts for prisoners wishing to transfer jurisdiction (including many UK-based Irish prisoners who wish to serve the remainder of their sentences in Ireland).

Outside the prison context Caoilfhionn has recently represented bereaved families at the 7/7 inquests.  She is also currently acting in a series of test cases against police forces and other state bodies on behalf of the families of women killed by their ex-partners.

This seminar is part of an ongoing Legal Knowledge Exchange Project, run by the Irish Penal Reform Trust and Dublin Institute of Technology, and funded with the generous support of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Would you like to support the work of IPRT?

Annual membership is just €10 for students, €40 for individuals, €80 for organizations/firms, and free to prisoners and their families. We can’t promise you lots of free stuff, but by becoming a member of IPRT you will be expressing your support for urgent penal reform in Ireland.

Why not consider becoming an IPRT member now?

 

Prison Law Seminar: ‘Creative Use of Legal Instruments’ | Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT)