Latest Reports & Publications

20/06/2019 - Report into the death of Prisoner J - 2017

13/06/2019 - Report into the death of Prisoner G - 2017

20/02/2019 - Report into the death of Prisoner G - 2018

Office of the Inspector of Prisons

The Office of the Inspector of Prisons is a statutory, independent office established under the Prisons Act, 2007.  The key role assigned to the Inspector is to carry out regular inspections of the 13 Prisons and to present report(s) on each institution inspected as well as an Annual Report to the Minister for Justice and Equality for publication. Ms. Patricia Gilheaney was appointed Inspector of Prisons on 7 May 2018.

Legislative authority

Under Section 31 of the Act the Inspector of Prisons is obliged to carry out regular inspections of prisons and for this purpose may:-


The Inspector may, and shall if so requested by the Minister, investigate any matter arising out of the management or operation of a prison and shall submit to the Minister a report on any such investigation.

The Inspector of Prisons also investigates the circumstances surrounding the deaths of prisoners in custody and/or temporary release from custody. 

The Inspector of Prisons has oversight of the Prisoner Complaints Procedure. (There are three reports on our website relating to the Prisoners Complaints Procedure).

Governors, prison officers, other persons employed in prisons and prisoners, shall as far as reasonably practicable, comply with any request for information that the Inspector may make in the performance of his or her functions.