Category Archives: Justice

Reforming justice

More “smart and dynamic reform” is needed to improve services for the public, according to Justice Minister Alan Shatter. Meadhbh Monahan reports. Prison refurbishments, providing alternatives to custody, closing garda stations and...

PwC: An opportunity for transformation

PwC Consulting Partner David McGee outlines the need for a systems-thinking approach in the criminal justice sector to ensure a transformed, efficient and modernised service. The Irish criminal justice sector is facing...

Policing: A new era

An Garda Síochána is adapting to deal with the greatest period of societal change since its formation in 1922, Deputy Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan tells Meadhbh Monahan. “Over the last few years crime...

Crime and punishment

UCD Professor of Criminology Ian O’Donnell discusses rising prison rates and alternatives to custody with Stephen Dineen. “People sometimes think that when the rate of imprisonment goes up that reflects the increase...

Improving prison standards

A capital reform programme is underway to update Ireland’s out-dated prison estate. Reducing re-offending through rehabilitation is key, Irish Prison Service Director General Michael Donellan tells Meadhbh Monahan. An efficient prison service...

Delayed reactions

Acting Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice Northern Ireland (CJI) Brendan McGuigan talks to Stephen Dineen about the need for political leadership and radical measures to reduce avoidable delays in justice. Brendan McGuigan...

Rights for those wronged

Greg Heylin, Director of the Victims of Crime Office, tells Stephen Dineen about the proposed Victims Directive and the pivotal role of the voluntary sector in Ireland. In the area of victims’...

Solving problems in the legal system

Ireland’s legal system is dysfunctional, inefficient and costly. Irish Times Legal Affairs Editor Carol Coulter discusses her potential solutions with Meadhbh Monahan. A “fundamental examination of how the existing system works and...

General overview

eolas outlines the main tenets of the criminal justice system. The criminal justice system and its main components of law enforcement, trial, correction and victim protection are checked by constitutional rights such...