Police Custody in Ireland


Blackhall Place will host a two-day conference on Thursday 29 September and Friday 30 September.

Blackhall Place

About the event

This in-person conference is organised by the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University, in conjunction with the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of Ireland. It brings together a wealth of national and international experts on police custody from academia, practice, and policy-oriented roles. The conference has been co-organised by Prof Yvonne Daly and the late Dr Vicky Conway, and will be an opportunity to reflect on Vicky's legacy, as well as considering the important issues which arise in police custody in Ireland.

The Garda Síochána (Powers) Bill and the recent Garda Inspectorate Report on Delivering Custody Services serve to focus our attention on the treatment of persons detained in police custody. Little attention has been paid to this issue previously in Ireland. This conference brings together, for the first time, experts who have been researching this issue and those with lived experience to discuss how people detained in police custody in Ireland are treated, as well as the challenges encountered by professionals working in this space. Issues such as vulnerabilities, oversight, the policing perspective, racism, and safeguards will be explored, as well as some comparison between Ireland and other countries. Findings from research on these themes will be presented and space will be made for discussions on how custody should be regulated in the future.

Tickets for the 2-day event are priced at €50.


The conference will be opened by James Browne TD, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with responsibility for Law Reform, and the President of Dublin City University, Professor Daire Keogh.

Confirmed speakers for the event include:

  • Doireann Ansbro, ICCL
  • Dr Lorraine Boran, Dublin City University
  • Prof Ed Cape, University of West of England
  • Bob Collins, Policing Authority
  • Dr Alan Cusack, University of Limerick
  • Prof Yvonne Daly, Dublin City University
  • Dr Roxanna Dehaghani, Cardiff University
  • Dr Louise Forde, Brunel University
  • Dr Gautam Gulati, University of Limerick
  • Prof Ursula Kilkelly, University College Cork
  • Prof Juan Mendez, American University Washington, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
  • Dr Gearóidín McEvoy, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Lucy Michael
  • Dr Jane Mulcahy, University of Limerick
  • Pauline Shields, Garda Inspectorate
  • Dr Layla Skinns, University of Sheffield
  • Prof Dave Walsh, De Monfort University

 For further details, or any queries, contact Yvonne Daly, DCU or Patricia Harvey, Secretary to the Criminal Law Committee.