Business expansion
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Provision Of Services To The Community As A Whole
84.23 - Justice and judicial activities

122 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
9 February 2018
Employment effect (start)
9 February 2018
Foreseen end date
28 February 2018


The Irish Prison Service (IPS) is hoping to recruit 288 prison officers by the end of February 2018.

There were 3,028 IPS staff at the end of 2017, which was below the IPS desired target 3,150, so 122 posts count as net employment.

Maintaining the satisfactory staffing level has been a problem in the IPS over the last few years. While there 85 new recruits last year, there were 148 retirements, and 100 resignations since 2016.

The Prison Officers' Association welcomed the jobs drive, which noted there could be up to 1000 more retirements from the Service over the next three years, because of the age profile of the current staff.


  • 9 February 2018: RTE
  • 9 February 2018: Leinster Express


Eurofound (2018), Irish Prison Service, Business expansion in Ireland, factsheet number 93256, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/93256.