Friday, January 07, 2022


Family visits to Castlerea Prison will be temporarily suspended for two weeks, starting on Monday next.

The Irish Prison Service has confirmed that all physical family visits to prisoners across the country will be cancelled between Monday, January 10th and Monday, January 24th.

The measure has been taken due to the widespread community transmission of Covid-19.

Any person who has booked a visit should note that they will not be facilitated with access to prisons and no further bookings will be available.

Physical visits requested on compassionate grounds by family members will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

Video visits will continue to operate as normal during this period where prisoners will be entitled to one video visit per week.

Professional visits by legal advisors will, where possible, be conducted virtually but a physical visit may be facilitated.

The restrictions will be reviewed in advance of the expiry of the 14-day suspension period, with any extension (or removal) of those restrictions being based on infection control advice at the time.





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