Photography Exhibition: Experiences of Probation Supervision

1 Nov

The UCD School of Law, together with the Probation Service, are hosting an exhibition of photographs produced by people on probation which reflect their experiences of supervision – the ‘Supervisible Photography Exhibition‘.

Please see note below for more information on this event, being held on Friday 4th Nov at the Tallaght Probation Project:


Irish Postgraduate Conference – Call for Papers

19 Oct


Irish Postgraduate Criminology Conference 2017


Cork Road Campus, Waterford City
Waterford Institute of Technology
Thursday 23rd February 2017


Building on the success of the past two years in Dublin and Belfast, the Irish Postgraduate Criminology Conference will return in 2017 for its third annual conference. This year the conference will be held in Waterford Institute of Technology on Thursday, the 23rd February 2017. The theme of the conference is open and proposals for papers covering all areas of criminological research are welcome. The main aim of this conference is to provide masters and doctoral students with the opportunity to share their research in a friendly and supportive environment. With this in mind, two presentation formats are available.

  1. Conference paper: these will be allocated to thematic sessions and each presenter will be given 15 minutes to present.
  1. “Works in Progress” paper: we will hold a session entitled “Works in Progress” where students in the early stages of their research, or those who are experiencing challenges with one particular aspect of it, can present a 3 minute presentation and receive feedback on their work from an expert panel. Among others, areas that might be covered in this panel include:

– The focus of your research question
– Your theoretical framework
– What methodology you plan to use
– How you plan to analyse your data

Submission of Proposals
If you would like your paper to be considered for the conference, please complete the conference application form [click here] by the 30thNovember 2016.

You can register for the conference here [click here]. This conference is FREE and has kindly been sponsored by the School of Humanities at Waterford institute of Technology.

Book of Proceedings
The conference organisers are interested in publishing a book of proceedings from this conference. You will be asked to indicate your interest in contributing to the book in the conference application. Please keep an eye on the website for further updates.

Further Information:
If you require further information or have any queries regarding the Irish Postgraduate Criminology Conference 2017, please see the conference website: or email

Deaths in Custody: Helping to Establish the First Database in Ireland

18 Oct

A recent University of Limerick research project has attempted to draw together guidelines for the first database of deaths in custody in Ireland.

Led by Professor Shane Kilcommins and Dr Eimear Spain, 10 4th-year law students – Roisin Cahill, Blathnaid Christian O Shea, Maire Ciepierski , Caoilinn Doran, Cillian Flavin, Niall Foley, Michelle Kavanagh, Luke Mulcahy, Rachel O’Carroll and Stephen Strauss-Walsh – conducted a literature review of other common law jurisdictions to compile a means of designing a database in line with international best practice.

The Report draws together these findings and offers a concise overview of the current procedures for the investigation of deaths in custody, as well as an overview of literature on deaths in custody. The Report itself has been presented to the Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, and is expected to be presented to the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald.

#Blog: Attitudes towards Domestic Violence

21 Sep

This guest blog comes from Deborah O’Connell:

A number of years ago a friend of mine left a relationship because it had become abusive.   She developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, she became completely different to the bubbly, adventurous and life loving friend I knew.   She was nervous, on edge and fearful.   I could not really understand why until the terror attacks of the last few years.

I wrote the below article for my local paper and I was commended by a domestic violence resource group for describing it so succinctly and accurately that the ordinary person could understand.  I am now considering using this topic as the basis for my thesis, and I would appreciate any opinions. Contact:

A the launch of Ireland’s Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence, in January 2016 Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. stated that

Attitudes towards domestic violence

“…there lies much work, difficult work, to be done in changing society’s attitudes”

For the person who has never experienced domestic violence I can only describe it as akin to the fears society has over the terrorist attacks in the West at the moment. Is it safe to travel, (Brussels Airport, March 2016) will the plane explode / crash into something (America, September 2001), will it be safe to go to the beach – (Nice July 2016)?   Will the restaurant be attacked? (Bangladesh July 2016)

Fear, uncertainty, panic, on edge, anxious, terrified are just some of the words which can be used to describe the emotions of people caught up in terrorist attacks. For the bystanders, we watch in disbelief. I remember watching the news on September 11th 2001 and I thought i had accidentally switched over to a movie when the planes hit the towers. Terrorist attacks make us afraid and unsure. They attack the fundamental feeling of safety we have as we go about our daily lives.

This is the life of a domestic abuse victim. They cannot believe this is happening, they cannot understand it, and they live with the constant fear that it may happen again. Domestic Violence makes a person so unsure and so afraid they do not trust the world around them. People ask why they stay and its simple, how can they be certain the outside world is safer? How can they trust people, or indeed their own judgement? how will they cope? Similar fears to those victims of terrorism.

According to the world health organisation (WHO) almost 1/3 of women worldwide that is about 1.1 billion women will be affected by domestic violence. For every 3 women you know on average 1 is a victim of domestic violence.

Society doesn’t dismiss the feelings of victims of terrorist attacks or the fears of the general population about it, but victims of domestic violence are treated differently, for many they aren’t believed. A friend of mine was told they had mental health issues, told he can’t be that bad. Someone told her he was too good looking to be abusive! She wasn’t believed. Frances Fitzgerald has asked that society stop dismissing the feelings and fears of those who live with domestic abuse. I, for one, agree with her.

Postdoctoral Opportunities

26 Aug

De Montfort University is offering one-year postdoctoral positions in a variety of disciplines. The postdocs offered under the Early Career Academic Fellowship Scheme offer the possibility of a permanent position subject to sufficient progress.

The deadline for applications is September 26th.

Criminology/Criminal Justice is one of the listed areas of research.

For more details see here.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

16 Aug

Great opportunity to work along with Dr Catherine Cox and Professor Hilary Marland on a postdoc entitled ‘Reform, Welfare, and Prisoner Health Rights, 1850-2000’ (see here for more info)

The postholder will be employed as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Public Engagement) on ‘Reform, Welfare and Prisoner ‘Health Rights’, as part of Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award ‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000’, a collaborative project between Dr. Catherine Cox (UCD) and Professor Hilary Marland (University of Warwick), the two Principal Investigators (PIs).

This is an academic research role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of Dr Cox, Principal Investigator at UCD.

The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.

You will also assist in co-convening policy workshops and producing policy reports, play a lead role in the management of public events and social media activity and the project website, The post holder will also advance and organise public outreach activities central to the project.

Closing Date: 12th September at 5pm

IPRT are hiring!

10 Aug

The Irish Penal Reform Trust wishes to recruit a Senior Research and Policy Project Manager on a fixed-term contract of three years. The post-holder will have very well developed skills and experience in both research programme delivery and planning including management of interns and project management.

IPRT has also secured dedicated funding for an exciting new human rights project, part of which will include the production of a flagship annual publication on human rights in prison, due to be first published in 2017. The Senior Research and Policy Project Manager will be centrally involved in the initial methodology design, research and delivery of the substantive content of this publication.

In addition, the Senior Research and Policy Project Manager will implement the other research and policy work of the organisation, in line with the IPRT Strategic Plan 2016-2021.

See more details here.