Information and Support
We provide support to all prisoners entitled to Irish citizenship and assist clients with a wide range of issues. We work closely with Government departments, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, statutory agencies, solicitors, probation officers, prison officials, local authorities and welfare agencies to meet the needs of our clients.
An important part of our work involves making representations on behalf of clients to prison authorities and other relevant parties.
We remain in regular contact with clients and provide them with prepaid envelopes to allow them to keep in touch. We send out our newsletter ICPO News twice a year and all ICPO clients also receive a Christmas newsletter, Christmas card and St. Patrick’s Day card each year.
We send CDs, dictionaries and phrase books to prisoners who wish to learn the language of the country they are in and provide books, including those by Irish authors and of Irish interest, to clients who have no or limited access to a prison library.
The ICPO coordinates the entries and sponsors the Prisoners Overseas Award in the ‘Writing in Prisons’ section of the Listowel Writers’ Week. We are very grateful to the festival committee for assisting Irish prisoners overseas to participate in this wonderful competition.
The ICPO administers a Hardship Fund which provides financial support to vulnerable Irish prisoners overseas. This fund is used to assist clients who are unable to access basic necessities, such as food, water, clothes and medical treatment