Justice Conference 2018

Shaping the future criminal justice system

Thursday 13th September 2018 • The Alex, Dublin


Transforming the criminal justice system

The justice system in Ireland has undergone a challenging few years. Set against a backdrop of budget cuts in the early 2010s, 2014 also saw the Department subject to an external review which found significant deficiencies across a number of areas. A comprehensive programme of change has been implemented since then to go some way to address these concerns with the objective of becoming a more open, outward facing, collaborative Department, providing strategic leadership and more effective services.

Looking forward: Steps to transform the sector

The Department’s Strategy Statement 2016-2019 promises to work towards creating a safe, fair and inclusive Ireland. The ambition is the protection of all Ireland’s people by preventing and reducing crime, investing in An Garda Síochána, extending Garda oversight and accountability, implementing the EU Victims Directive, creating a more efficient legal system, implementing a Penal Policy that contributes to a safer Ireland and an extensive legislative programme. However, this is not without its challenges in a sector where work is often highly complex and operates within a difficult environment.

As we move through 2018, where are we? A review of the change programme published earlier this year has identified a number of ‘bright spots’ where progress has been good including a highly effective joint agency approach to the management of crime. However, it has also acknowledged that any cultural change programme will take years and there are areas of significant concern that remain. It has also made it clear that the Department must now look to the future and set its own strategy and benchmark for future success.



The Alex
Merrion Square
Dublin, Ireland



Justice Conference 2018
Thursday 13th September 2018


As well as implementing organisational and culture change, there is also an opportunity to transform criminal justice services through the use of technology and data. Looking forward, the planned development of a Justice and Equality Hub can strengthen an evidence base, deliver operational efficiencies, more robust data and facilitate real time exchanges with agencies for better collaboration. Other challenges facing the sector going forward include ongoing reform in our prisons and An Garda Síochána, with the Commission on the Future of Policing due to report in September this year.

This conference will bring together the key players across the sector locally to focus on the main issues surrounding justice policy and delivery. It provides a unique opportunity for all those operating within the sector, and those interacting with it, to come together for networking and discussion.

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What to expect

This conference will examine a wide range of issues facing the sector by way of a high profile panel of local and visiting speakers:

Reforming the justice system
Modernising Ireland’s prison service
Using data and technology to transform criminal justice services
Placing restorative justice at the heart of the system
The effect of Brexit on the sector
Ensuring the needs of victims are met
A policing service to meet the needs of communities
Using evidence to reform youth crime policy, programmes and practice
Delivering change across the sector
The role of the Probation Service in building safer communities
Case study: Creating the Changing Lives App

The conference will feature leaders from across the sector setting out how they are tackling the challenges facing the system, as well as those from further afield with expertise to share.

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Our Speakers

Conference Programme


Registration & morning coffee


Simon Murphy, Partner
Technology Consulting, Deloitte

Chairman’s welcome and introduction

Oonagh McPhillips, Deputy Secretary General
Department of Justice and Equality

Delivering change across the justice system

Inge Philips-Bryan, Partner
Deloitte Netherlands

Using data and technology to transform the criminal justice services

Michael Donnellan, Director General
Irish Prison Service

Looking to the future: Modernising Ireland’s Prison Service

Tim Chapman, Chair
European Forum for Restorative Justice

Placing restorative justice at the heart of the system

Questions & answers / Panel discussion


Morning coffee / networking break


Tom Gash, Author and Government policy advisor

Criminal: The Truth About Why People Do Bad Things

Dr Katy Hayward, Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
Queen’s University Belfast

Brexit and the border: The impact on criminal justice co-operation in Ireland

Caroline Counihan, Legal Director
Rape Crisis Network Ireland

Sexual violence and justice in Ireland

Una Doyle, Deputy Director
Probation Service

The role of the Probation Service in building safer communities

Questions & answers / Panel discussion


Networking lunch


Pat Leahy, Assistant Commissioner
An Garda Síochána

Reform: Delivering a policing service that meets the needs of communities

Professor Sean Redmond, School of Law
University of Limerick

Using evidence to reform youth crime policy, programmes and practice

Marion Walsh, Executive Director
Department of Justice and Equality

Ensuring the needs of victims are met in the system

Gail McGreevy, Head of Communications
Probation Board for Northern Ireland

Creating the Changing Lives app for better outcomes

Questions & answers / Panel discussion


Chairman's summary and conference close

Justice Conference 2018


Delegate fee

+VAT @ 23% = €276.75

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