The Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., has today published the Annual Reports for 2009 of the Visiting Committees to Arbour Hill, Castlerea Prison, Cloverhill Prison, Cork Prison, Dóchas Centre, Midlands Prison, Portlaoise Prison, Shelton Abbey Place of Detention, Wheatfield Prison, Loughan House, Mountjoy Prison, Limerick Prison, St. Patrick’s Institution and the Training Unit Place of Detention.

Minister Ahern has also today published the latest annual report from the Inspector of Prisons covering the period 15th March, 2009 to 10th September, 2010 and three other reports provided to the Minister by the Inspector of Prisons. These reports are "The Irish Prison Population - an examination of duties and obligations owed to prisoners", "Use of 'Special Cells' in Irish Prisons" and "Guidance on Best Practice relating to prisoners complaints and prison discipline".

The Reports are available on the Department’s website www.justice.ie 

22 October 2010.