IPRT to launch report on LGBT Prisoners

29 Jan

Out on the Inside: The Rights, Experiences and Needs of LGBT People in Prison

IPRT will launch a new report on the rights, needs and experiences of LGBT people in prison in Ireland on Tuesday  2nd February 2016 in the Wood Quay Venue, Christchurch, Dublin 8. The event will run from 10.30-12.00.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr Nicola CarrDr Siobhán McAlister and Dr Tanya Serisier, who will introduce the report;
  • Brian Sheehan, Executive Director of GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equalty Network); and
  • Broden Giambrone, Chief Executive of TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland).

This new 46-page report is based on research commissioned by the IPRT and conducted by Dr Nicola Carr, Dr Siobhán McAlister and Dr Tanya Serisier of Queen’s University Belfast. The qualitative study examines: the policy and practice context in Ireland; LGBT people in prison; transgender prisoners; and the consequences of heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia. The research comprised a desk-based literature review; interviews with stakeholders, prisoners and ex-prisoners; and a focus group in prison.

To register, please click here.

Alternatively, contact Marie Therese at mtpower@iprt.ie or on 01-8741400

Policing, Accountability and Democracy

19 Jan

DIT is hosting a seminar on policing, this Thursday, with keynote speaker Kevin Stenson, and discussant, Vicky Conway. Please see below for details of event and how to register.

Irish policing has endured a decade of turmoil ranging from the Donegal scenario leading to the Morris Tribunal to the resurgence of the fear of crime in the countryside sparked by the closure of rural police stations.  These events have created a challenging environment for public trust and confidence in the police and have exposed issues of democratic accountability. The seminar will address these issues drawing upon an account of the dilemmas in accountability based upon the experience of England and Wales together with reflections on the challenges in the evolving policy, legislative and institutional framework in Ireland.

Details: 5-7pm, Thursday 21 January, Room D005, DIT Grangegorman. To attend the event register here.

Keynote speaker:

Professor Kevin Stenson (Mannheim Centre of Criminology, London School of Economics)


Dr Vicky Conway (School of Law and Government, Dublin City University & member of the Policing Authority)

Convener and Chair:

Dr Matt Bowden (School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences, DIT)




New MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice

21 Dec

Maynooth University Department of Law has announced a new MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice. The new postgraduate taught degree will commence from September 2016.

The MA will reflect the increasing importance of the study of crime and criminal justice in a globalising world through its focus on comparative issues. The MA programme will offer modules in qualitative and quantitative research methods, while also imparting theoretical awareness of key issues in comparative criminology such as the aims of comparison, the different schools of thought on comparative criminological research and the impact of globalisation. In addition, students will be provided with an opportunity to pursue their own particular interests in the comparative field through a choice of two (out of four) optional modules and through the completion of a 20,000 word dissertation.

Further information on the programme will be available in the coming months. Maynooth University, located outside of Dublin, is Ireland’s youngest and fastest-growing law school. The MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice offers an innovative perspective on these issues, using the expertise of Law Department staff.

Irish Postgraduate Criminology Conference 2016

21 Dec

CALL FOR PAPERS Irish Postgraduate Criminology Conference (IPGCC) 2016


Thursday 24th March 2016


Ulster University, York St. Campus (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Building on the success of the inaugural Irish Postgraduate Criminology Conference in Dublin in March 2015, the second annual conference will take place in Belfast on 24th March 2016. Hosted by the Institute for Research in Social Sciences and the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy at Ulster University, the conference will provide students conducting masters and doctoral research with an opportunity to share their research findings and experiences. The theme of the conference is open and we welcome proposals for papers covering all areas of criminological research relating to the island of Ireland from researchers at any stage of their projects.

Papers may include those covering:

  • Corporate and State crime
  • Criminological theory
  • Crime and society
  • Gender and justice
  • Methodological approaches
  • Policing
  • Prisons and punishment
  • Social control
  • Victims of crime

Papers will be allocated to thematic sessions taking place throughout the conference. We also welcome proposals for poster presentations.

If you would like your paper to be considered for presentation at the Conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with approximately five key words to indicate the main research area. Please also include a short biography of no more than 100 words.

To submit a poster presentation, send a short abstract of 150 words, together with a 100 word biography.

Participation and attendance at the conference is free of charge. We regret that we are unable to offer travel bursaries or other assistance with costs.

All abstract submissions should be sent to: ipgcc16@gmail.com

The deadline for submitting abstracts for papers is: Friday 22nd January

The deadline for submitting abstracts for poster is: Friday 22nd January

Successful applicants will be notified by: Friday 5th February

Please help circulate this call for papers and follow the event on:

Facebook: Irish Postgraduate Criminology Conference 2016

Twitter: @IPGCC2016

For any more information on the event feel free to email Ciaran, Conor and Dawid @ipgcc16@gmail.com

Irish Handbook of Criminology published

4 Dec

Hot of the press-  the Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology is the first edited collection of its kind to bring together the work of leading Irish criminologists in a single volume. While Irish criminology can be characterised as a nascent but dynamic discipline, it has much to offer the Irish and international reader due to the unique historical, cultural, political, social and economic arrangements that exist on the island of Ireland.

The Handbook consists of 30 chapters, which offer original, comprehensive and critical reviews of theory, research, policy and practice in a wide range of subject areas. The chapters are divided into four thematic sections:

  1. Understanding crime examines specific offence types, including homicide, gangland crime and white-collar crime, and the theoretical perspectives used to explain them.
  2. Responding to crime explores criminal justice responses to crime, including crime prevention, restorative justice, approaches to policing and trial as well as post-conviction issues such as imprisonment, community sanctions and rehabilitation.
  3. Contexts of crime investigates the social, political and cultural contexts of the policymaking process, including media representations, politics, the role of the victim and the impact of gender.
  4. Emerging ideas focuses on innovative ideas that prompt a reconsideration of received wisdom on particular topics, including sexual violence and ethnicity

Charting the key contours of the criminological enterprise on the island of Ireland and placing the Irish material in the context of the wider European and international literature, this book is essential reading for those involved in the study of Irish criminology and international and comparative criminal justice.


Foreword, Michael Tonry Introduction, Claire Hamilton and Deirdre Healy I. Understanding Crime 1. Crime Trends, Sara Parsons 2. Homicide, Sarah Skedd 3. Understanding Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence: Prevalence, Policy and Practice, Stephanie Holt and John Devaney 4. Plus Ca Change: While Collar and Corporate Crime In and After the Crisis, Ciaran McCullagh 5. Cybercrime in Ireland: Towards a Research Agenda, TJ McIntyre 6. Crime, Conflict and Poverty, Siobhan McAllister and Deirdre Healy7. Gang and Gang-related Activity, Niamh Hourigan 8. State Crime, Elaine Byrne, Kristian Lasslett and Bill Rolston 9. Desistance, Recidivism and Reintegration: Understanding change and continuity in criminal careers, Deirdre Healy II. Responding to Crime 10. Crime Prevention and Community Safety,Matt Bowden and John Topping 11. Restorative Justice, Kieran O’Dwyer and Brian Payne 12. Children, Crime and Justice, Una Convery and Mairead Seymour 13. Trajectories of Policing in Ireland: Similarities, Differences, Convergences, Aogan Mulcahy 14. The Criminal Justice Process: From Questioning to Trial, Yvonne Daly and John Jackson 15. Sentencing, Niamh Maguire 16. Community Sanctions and Measures, Nicola Carr 17. Prisoners and Prison Life, Michelle Butler 18. Prison Education and Rehabilitation: What Works?, Cormac Behan and Jackie Bates-Gaston III. Contexts of Crime 19. The Inclusion and Juridification of Victims on the Island of Ireland, Shane Kilcommins and Luke Moffett20. Media, Public Attitudes and Crime, Lynsey Black 21. Illicit Drugs, Criminal Justice and Harm Reduction: Getting the Balance Right, Johnny Connolly and Andrew Percy 22. The Policymaking Process and Penal Change, Mary Rogan 23. Penal Policy in Comparative Perspective: Notes from a Small Country, Claire Hamilton 24. Criminal Justice Policy and the European Union, Andrea Ryan and Claire Hamilton 25. Neoliberalism, Crime and Punishment, Barry Vaughan 26. Women, Imprisonment and Social Control, Christina Quinlan IV. Emerging Ideas 27. Hindsight, Foresight and Historical Judgement: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church, Marie Keenan 28. Mental Illness and the Criminalisation Process, Damien Brennan 29. Organised Crime, Liz Campbell 30. Ethnicity, Identity and Criminal Justice, Denis Bracken Afterword, Shadd Maruna and Kieran McEvoy.

Deflecting the Law from its Course: Capital Punishment and Clemency in Ireland, 1923-1990

25 Nov

The 32nd Hugh M Fitzpatrick Lecture in Legal Bibliography will be delivered this year by Professor Ian O’Donnell, who will talk on his research on clemency and capital punishment in Ireland from 1923 to 1990.

Ian O’Donnell is a Professor of Criminology at University College Dublin, a member of the Royal Irish Academic, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

The lecture will be held in the Bar Library of Ireland, Law Library, Distillery Building, 145-151 Church Street, Dublin 7.

It will commence at 6pm on Tuesday 1st December and will be followed by a wine reception.

RSVP: hmfitzpa@tcd.ie

A tribute to Paul O’Mahony by Kevin Warner

16 Nov

I knew Paul O’Mahony from about 1980 when he came to work in the Prisons Division of the Department of Justice, and for a dozen years or so (until he went to Trinity) our offices and that of Paul Murphy were next to each other. I have a feeling the Department of Justice didn’t really want a social psychologist focused on research – but they got one anyway courtesy of the Civil Service Commission. They were fairly ok with psychologists looking inside people’s heads, but not so keen at looking at wider issues such as the lives those in prison experienced, their backgrounds and the social issues which brought them into prison.

In that period, and later at Trinity College, Paul examined really important matters such as, for example, addiction, the situation in the old Women’s Prison, the youngsters in St. Patrick’s Institution and Shanganagh Castle, suicide in prison, the peculiar nature of the Irish prison system compared to other European countries and (at the urging of John Lonergan) seminal studies of the men and women in Mountjoy. Paul also focused on the criminal justice system as a whole and published six books and a great range of other studies. So, for example, when a judge issued a report on the Kerry Babies case which whitewashed the behaviour of the Gardai, Paul’s report on that report was forensic and scathing. Paul’s work was always academically rigorous, but for me the core quality was always a seeking out of truth, often the uncomfortable truth, and, most especially, he spoke truth to power.

What also comes across greatly in Paul’s research is the humanity. He could do the statistics, but we always see ‘the whole person’, people in all their complexity, their qualities as well as their problems, the lives they live, their backgrounds and experience. Through it all there is a deep commitment to social justice.

At times, Paul would feel his work didn’t get the attention it deserved. However, as I’m doing a little work at UCC just now, I was able to tell him recently how the Boole Library in Cork has multiple copies of all his books, all very well thumbed and marked. That pleased him, but of course, being Paul, he also had a little grumble about places where the books were no so well represented. Paul shouldn’t have doubted that he is the father – perhaps I should say the grandfather – of criminology and criminal justice study in Ireland, work that speaks of and for the troubled and troublesome in our society. We should be hugely grateful for that, and I have no doubt his writing will endure and continue to be of value to us all.

Kevin Warner was a former colleague and close friend of Paul O’Mahony. This is the text of his tribute delivered at Paul’s funeral on Saturday 14.11.15.


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