Contact Details
Office of the Inspector of Prisons
24 Cecil Walk
Kenyon Street
Co. Tipperary
Phone: +353 67 42210
Fax: + 353 67 42219

Oifig An Chigire Príosún / Office of the Inspector of Prisons


The Office of the Inspector of Prisons is a statutory, independent office established under the Prisons Act 2007. Judge Michael Reilly was appointed Inspector of Prisons on 21 November 2007 which took effect on 1 January 2008 and held that position up until his sudden and untimely death on 26 November 2016.


The key role assigned to the Inspector is to carry out regular inspections of all 13 prisons in the State and to present his report(s) on each institution inspected as well as an Annual Report to the Minister for Justice and Equality.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality published the Inspector of Prisons Report on 8 June, 2016 titled Evaluation and Analysis of the Operation of the present Irish Prison Service Prisoner Complaints Procedure. Judge Reilly’s Report reveals failures at all levels of the Irish Prison Service to adhere to obligations and duties under agreed protocols for the investigation of categories A, B and C complaints. However, Judge Reilly makes recommendations which, if followed, have the potential to ensure that a Prisoner Complaints Procedure can meet the criteria of best international practice, be viewed as fair and transparent and attract public confidence. The main recommendation is that prisoners should be entitled to bring their complaints to the Ombudsman, having exhausted internal procedures.Please click on the link for the Report