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Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conference 2016

The 3rd Annual Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conference took place on Tuesday, 28th June, 2016, at the Dublin Castle Conference Centre. The 2016 theme was “Evidence-Informed Decision Making: Putting Research into Practice in Criminal Justice". This year’s Conference was a collaboration of The Probation Service, the Department of Justice and Equality, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), An Garda Síochána, The Irish Prison Service and the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development (ACJRD). The Lead Collaborator for 2016 was The Probation Service.  To see the Conference Programme please click here.

Speakers included


- Ms Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality


- Vivian Geiran, Director, The Probation Service


- James Martin, Assistant Secretary, Department of Justice and Equality


- Professor Fergus McNeill, University of Glasgow


- Professor Ioan Durnescu, University of Bucharest


- Dr. Niamh M Hourigan, Department of Sociology, University College Cork

The following workshops were presented.

Workshop 1: Linking Research to Implementation:  Some Examples of Learning  from Practice 
Presenters: Aisling Sheehan, Project Specialist, and Mary Rafferty, Senior Manager, Centre for Effective Services 

Workshop 2: Sexual Experience Evidence in Rape Trials
Presenter: Kate Mulkerrins, Head of Prosecution Policy & Research Unit, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Workshop 3
: Understanding the Role of Pre-sentence Reports in the Irish Criminal Justice System
Presenter: Dr Nicola Carr, Queen’s University Belfast

Workshop 4: Evaluation and Research in the Department of Justice and Equality
Presenter: Hugh Hennessy, Department of Justice and Equality

Workshop 5
: Building Relationships with Young People in Oberstown to Improve Pro-social Outcomes
Presenter: Pat Bergin, Campus Manager, Oberstown Children Detention Campus

Workshop 6: Multi Agency Approach in Interviewing Victims of Child Sexual Abuse
Presenter: Det. Superintendent Declan Daly, Garda National Protective Services Bureau

Workshop 7: Role of the Central Statistics Office in Developing Research for use in the Irish Criminal Justice System
Presenter: Sam Scriven, Central Statistics Office

A parallel session to the workshops took place, where invited research representatives held a roundtable discussion. Feedback from the roundtable sessions was then relayed to the other delegates prior to the Conference closing.

ICJA 2016 - Plenary Presenters

Pictured (L-R):  James Martin, Department of Justice and Equality, Prof. Ioan Durnescu, University of Bucharest, Dr. Niamh Hourigan, University College Cork, Maura Butler, Chairperson, ACJRD, Professor Fergus McNeill, University of Glasgow, and Vivian Geiran, Director, The Probation Service.

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