Martin Tansey Memorial Lectures

The ACJRD marks the contribution Martin Tansey made  to Criminal Justice in Ireland and to this association with a Memorial lecture each spring.  Information and papers from the lectures which have taken place since the inaugural event in 2008 can be found below.

Remembering Martin

Martin grew up in County Roscommon and began his career as a teacher before joining the Probation and Welfare Service in 1965 where he served until his retirement in 2002 working tirelessly to bring Government support and public recognition to the work of the Probation Service.

During his long and distinguished Civil Service Career, he guided the development of the organisation to the nationwide service we have today. The work of service requires patience, humanity, courage, an understanding that there are competing human rights and the capacity to balance those rights. Martin had these qualities in abundance combined with a considerable helping of common sense.

Martin was a persistent advocate of community sanctions, where the justice system worked with the offender to give him/her a second chance. He believed that the rehabilitation of offenders was a supremely rational social objective. That was his life’s work. Martin had a keen interest in promoting independent criminal justice research. He was a founder member and ultimately chairperson of the Irish Association for the Study of Delinquency (now ACJRD).

His judgement and discretion are legendary and he was well respected by his former colleagues in the justice and law enforcement community. Typical of the man, Martin remained quiet about his achievements and worked tirelessly for his country and his local community.

Martin died in March 2007 after a long illness, bravely borne.

Excerpts from ACJRD Inaugural Martin Tansey Lecture, May 2008

Martin Tansey Memorial Lecture 2013

The Hon Mr Justice Charleton delivered the lecture "Throw Away the Key: Public and Judicial Approaches to Sentencing - Towards Reconciliation" on 10th April 2013 Read more

Martin Tansey Memorial Lecture 2012 YouTube

The 5th Annual Martin Tansey Memorial Lecture 2012 entitled: Prison Policy in Ireland: Rehabilitation,Research and Reform was presented by: Dr. Mary Rogan Dr Rogan is a Barrister and Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies at Dublin Institute of Technology where she teaches law, criminology and prison policy, as well as facilitating a… Read more

Martin Tansey Memorial Lecture 2011

Audio recording of lecture by Dr. Shane Kilcommins. Read more

Martin Tansey Memorial Lecture 2010

Professor David B. Wexler gave the ACJRD 3rd Annual Martin Tansey Memorial Lecture on Wednesday 26th May at the Criminal Courts of Justice. Wexler a Distinguished Professor at the Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona gave the lecture entitled "Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Theory and Practice: International and Interdisciplinary Dimensions”. Read more

Martin Tansey Memorial Lecture 2009

2009 The 2nd Annual Martin Tansey Memorial Lecture given by Dr Fergus McNeill, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research Read more