IPRT expresses disappointment at Slopping Out Decision

Irish Criminology Research Network

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) today expressed disappointment at the judgment in the case of Mulligan v. Governor of Portlaoise Prison, which found against the applicant’s claim that the slopping out regime he was subjected to in that prison violated his constitutional and human rights.  Speaking today, IPRT Executive Director Liam Herrick stated:

“Although the result in this case is disappointing, it is of great significance in that it sets out the most comprehensive analysis to date of the legal issues around human rights, prison conditions and slopping out. The case presents a horrific description of the reality of the humiliation and discomfort caused by forcing adults to carry our basic human functions in appalling circumstances.  It also gives a further damning indictment of the persistent failure of the State to prioritise the provision of basic sanitation to prisoners.”[i]

Most disappointingly, the judgment finds the conditions of…

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