The Parole Board, which replaced the Sentence Review Group, was established on an administrative basis in April 2001.
Click here to see a Guide to the Parole Board
The board's principal function is to advise the Minister for Justice in relation to the administration of long-term prison sentences.
The Interim Parole Board reviews the cases of prisoners sentenced to determinate sentences of eight years or more. Prisoners serving sentences for certain offences, such as the murder of a member of the Garda Síochána or the Prison Service in the course of their duty, are excluded from the process. The board, by way of recommendation to the Minister, advises of the prisoner's progress to date, the degree to which the prisoner has engaged with the various therapeutic services and how best to proceed with the future administration of the sentence.
The final decision regarding the recommendations of the Parole Board lies with the Minister, who can accept them in their entirety, in part or reject them.
The current members of the Parole Board are:
|Mr. John Costello||Chairman, Solicitor|
|Mr. Willie Connolly||Retired, Irish Prison Service|
|Mr. Brendan Eiffe||Department of Justice|
|Mr. Vivian Geiran||Director, Probation Service|
|Mr Paul Mageean||Director, Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University of Belfast|
|Dr. Laura Mannion||Consultant Psychiatrist|
|Mr. Shane McCarthy||Solicitor|
|Ms. Nora McGarry||Psychotherapist / Counsellor|
|Prof. Ian O'Donnell||Professor of Criminology, University College Dublin|
|Mr. Eddie Rock||Retired Assistant Commissioner, An Garda Síochána|
|Mr. Martin Smyth||Director of Operations, Irish Prison Service|
|Mr. Pat Sullivan||Retired Chief Superintendent, An Garda Síochána|
Fees and Expenses
||€149.75 per day for each prison visit to a maximum of €12,600 per year|
|€7,695||€149.75 per day for each prison visit to a maximum of €12,600 per annum.
Travel and subsistence are paid in line with Civil Service rates
The Parole Board can be contacted by post, telephone, fax or e-mail:
The Parole Board
To learn more about the Parole Board, click here to see the Guide to the Parole Board.