The Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO), a pastoral outreach established by the Catholic Bishops of Ireland in 1985, is hosting a conference celebrating its 30th anniversary today Tuesday 1 December 2015 entitled “Reaching Out – Supporting Irish Prisoners Overseas and their Families”. President Michael D Higgins, Uachtarán na hÉireann, will address the conference which is taking place in Dublin Castle. Bishop John Kirby, Bishop of Clonfert and chair of the Bishops’ Council of Emigrants, will open the conference which will be chaired by Mr Mark Hennessy, News Editor of The Irish Times. The conference will explore the practical, policy and pastoral issues which apply to this uniquely vulnerable category of Irish emigrant. See full programme below.
The ICPO is launching a new piece of research into the resettlement needs of returning ex-prisoners to Ireland. Please see research report below.
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