Newstalk
Newstalk

14.18 25 Aug 2018


Share this article


The Irish Prison Service is aiming to open a “prison themed” café in Dublin city centre - staffed by former offenders.

The plan is part of a push to create jobs for ex-convicts.

In a tender published online the IPS said it was sounding out the market to gauge the level of interest and engagement from suitable operators.

The plan would house the café in a vacant building in Dublin City centre – which would be provided free of charge to the selected operator.

The prison service said the café would “employ suitably qualified people with criminal convictions who have found it difficult to gain employment as a result of their previous criminal activity.”

It will also provide “suitable memorabilia” to ensure the café retains a prison theme.

Deirdre Malone, executive director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) Malone said similar initiatives have been successful elsewhere.

“Well this is a new initiative for Ireland,” she said.

“This type if initiative is common in other countries – including in our nearest neighbour, the UK – it has been recognised as a really positive way to promote the further education training and employment of people coming out of prison.

“The ultimate aim of that is to reduce re-offending and also to ensure that people have stable and secure employment.”

The project is part of the Department of Justice’s “New Way Forward” strategy aimed at creating jobs for ex-offenders.


Share this article


Read more about

News

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-06:00

Share

Up next

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

06:30-07:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

07:00-09:00

Share

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-12:00

Share

LUNCHTIME LIVE

LUNCHTIME LIVE

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

16:00-19:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

19:00-22:00

Share

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-06:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on