Parole Board

The Parole Board, which replaced the Sentence Review Group, was established on an administrative basis in April 2001.

A guide to the Parole Board (PDF - 147KB) 

Functions

The board's principal function is to advise the Minister for Justice and Equality 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.

 

Board Members

The current members of the Parole Board are: 

Mr John Costello Chairman
Mr Gerry McDonagh Department of Justice and Equality
Director of Operations Irish Prison Service
Director Probation Service
Dr Michael Mulcahy Community Representative
Mr Brendan Watters Community Representative
Ms Ciairín de Buis Community Representative
Ms Nora McGarry Community Representative
Mr Eddie Rock Consultant Psychiatrist
Mr Willie Connolly Community Representative
Mr Shane McCarthy Community Representative
 

Publications

Annual Report of the Parole Board 2002 (PDF - 5.57MB)

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil an Bhoird Pharúil 2003 (PDF – 1.5MB) 

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil an Bhoird Pharúil 2004 (PDF – 1.3MB)

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil an Bhoird Pharúil 2005 (PDF – 1.7MB) 

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil an Bhoird Pharúil 2006 (PDF - 2MB)

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil an Bhoird Pharúil 2007 (PDF - 750KB)

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil an Bhoird Pharúil 2008 (PDF - 928KB)

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil an Bhoird Pharúil 2009 (PDF - 224KB)

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil an Bhoird Pharúil 2010 (PDF - 100KB)

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil an Bhoird Pharúil 2011 (PDF - 129KB)  

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil an Bhoird Pharúil 2012 (PDF - 256KB) 

Contact Details

The Parole Board can be contacted by post, telephone, fax or e-mail:

Address:

 
The Parole Board
2nd Floor
6/7 Hanover Street
Dublin 2
Phone:  + 353 1 474-8767
+ 353 1 474-8770
Fax:   + 353 1 474-8713
E-mail:  info@paroleboard.gov.ie