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 14 prisons and places of detention in the State and to present a report on each institution visited as well as an annual report to the Minister for Justice.

These reports are published by the Minister and are an essential part of our penal reform agenda. Copies of all reports are available from the Prison Libraries or at the Office of the Inspector of Prisons website.

To carry out his functions the inspector may:

The Inspector of Prisons investigates the deaths of prisoners in custody.

Such independent investigations apply to prisoners who are in the custody of the Irish Prison Service, whether or not the death actually occurs within the prison walls and to prisoners who have recently been let out on temporary release.

The Inspector of Prisons has oversight of the Prisoner Complaints Procedure.


Contact details

The office can be contacted by post, phone, fax or e-mail:

Address:    Office of the Inspector of Prisons: Tipperary Office
   24 Cecil Walk
   Kenyon Street
   Co Tipperary
   E45 NN73
Phone:    + 353 67 42210
Fax:  + 353 67 42219


or in writing to the Dublin Offices


Address:    Office of the Inspector of Prisons: Dublin Office
   Pembroke Hall Offices
   38-39 Fitzwilliam Square West
   Dublin 2
   D02 NX53