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‘There are three little words I use all the time with my students. I frequently hear them back, too’

May 1st, 2024|

Despite its absence from my classroom, the notion of ‘punishment’ clearly features heavily in students’ lives. I asked my new class group if they wanted to clarify anything after my in [...]

From low-level drug dealer to human trafficker: are modern slavery laws catching the wrong people?

May 1st, 2024|

When I heard that a boy from my primary school had been convicted of trafficking, I had to find out what had happened to make him fall so far. When armed police burst through his front [...]

TOUGH UPBRINGING | Dublin fitness guru opens up on being sucked into gang crime after dad jailed for killing child

April 30th, 2024|

"You become a runner first, doing odd-jobs, gaining trust, earning money.” An inspirational Dublin man has given a riveting account of how lives spiral into crime but can be redeemed t [...]

Longest serving probation officer: ‘Nail ’em, jail ’em policies will not solve repeat offending’

April 30th, 2024|

Gerry McNally has spent 45 years at the coal face of the Irish Probation Service starting back in 1978. “CAPTURE ‘EM, NAIL ‘EM, jail em” will not solve the problem of repeat offenders [...]

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