News & Events

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Former prisoner speaks of his time in Kenyan prison

4th January 2019



Irish man, who spent 5 years in prison in Kenya, speaks to the Irish Times about his experience. Read the article here.

He highlights the role ICPO can play in supporting not just prisoners but their families too, and the difference consular assistance made to his case.


ICPO speaks to Oireachtas Committee on challenges facing ex-prisoners returning to Ireland

29th November 2018

ICPO Policy & Information Officer Ciara Kirrane outlined the challenges facing former prisoners returning to Ireland to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade on 29th November 2018.

Watch the presentation to the Committee here (ICPO presentation starts at 42:40)

See the ICPO’s statement to the Committee here.

Read an Irish Times article here highlighting the challenges facing returning emigrants as outlined by ICPO, Crosscare Migrant Project and Safe Home Ireland.


Members of Committee on Foreign Affairs & Trade meet with representatives from ICPO, Crosscare Migrant Project and Safehome Ireland.

New laws needed to allow Irish prisoners abroad return home

Irish Prisoners in Australia get rare visit from Social Worker

Court of Appeal: Cuts to legal aid for prisoners are unlawful

Cuts to legal aid for prisoners are unlawful because they are inherently unfair, the Court of Appeal ruled on Monday 10th April  in its judgment on a legal challenge brought by the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS).

Address by President Michael D. Higgins to the ICPO 30th Anniversary Conference

Minister Flanagan highlights Government partnership with ICPO

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan, TD, delivered the closing address at the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (I.C.P.O.) today (Tuesday).

In his remarks, Minister Flanagan paid tribute to the Council on their work:


Address by Nuala Kelly to the ICPO 30th Anniversary Conference

The Early Days of the ICPO

Nuala Kelly

Address by Fr. Jerry McFlynn to the ICPO 30th Anniversary Conference

The importance of a Pastoral Outreach to Prisoners Overseas

Fr Gerry McFlynn

Address by Pauline Crowe to the ICPO 30th Anniversary Conference

Address by Pauline Crowe, Chief Executive at Prisoners’ Abroad.

Pauline Crow