Prison Committals and Population


Irish Prison Service

Key information

Prison committals and prison population, classified by age, sex, type of committal, offence, sentence length, month, county, and nationality; debtor and fine defaulters by sex.


Administrative records maintained by individual institutions and forwarded to the Irish Prison Service.


All committals and detentions in all prisons and places of detention.



Reference period

Calendar year (prison committal statistics), December or January (prison population statistics)

Start date



8 to 10 months after the end of the reference year


  • Committal type
    Sentenced; Remand; Immigration; Indefinite contempt of court.
  • County
    The 26 geographic counties listed; No fixed abode; Not stated; Outside country.
  • Nationality
    Irish; UK; Other E.U.; Other European; African; Asian; North American; Central, South American; Australasian.
  • Offence
    Murder; Manslaughter; Sexual offences; Other offences against the person; Offences against property with violence; Offences against property without violence; Drug offences; Road traffic offences; Other offences. Further breakdown of some categories is also provided.
  • Age
    16 years; 17; 18-20; 21-24; 25-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50+ years.
  • Sentence length
    3 months; 3-6 months; 6-12 months; 1-2 years; 2-3; 3-5; 5-10; 10+ years; Life.
  • Institutions
    Arbour Hill; Castlerea; Cloverhill; Cork; Limerick (female); Limerick (male); Loughan House; Midlands; Mountjoy (female); Mountjoy(male); Portlaoise; Shelton Abbey; St Patrick's; Training Unit; Wheatfield.


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