Twitter thread 5th August 2021

"The report said both women were subject to Rule 63 of the Irish Prison Rules 2007, which relates to vulnerable prisoners who may be at risk from other prisoners or who might pose a risk to other inmates." Although described as women the truth is clear.                                                                                        1

Transgender women in Limerick jail locked in cells for up to 23 hours
Inspector said the women are largely confined to their cells under a prison rule which allows inmates to be put on a restricted regime either for ...

In May it was reported that "Three transgender inmates are currently being housed in the women’s wing of Limerick jail,"                                                     2

Transgender inmates are housed in women’s wing of prison
Three transgender inmates are currently being housed in the women’s wing of Limerick jail, as it is deemed more suitable than the country’s main committal jail for females, the Dóchas Centre in Dublin.

“Measures that should be taken include: accommodation in a single-cell,...and body searches which are conducted in accordance with the expressed gender of the transgender prisoner,” said the IPRT in 2019                                                      3

Male-bodied transgender inmate housed with women
Criminal defence lawyer Robert Purcell says that the Gender Recognition Act 2015 has placed the State in an impossible position with regard to transgender prisoners.

"..the inmates raised concerns that when searches were being conducted a male officer was present as well as a female officer."

Female officers should be protected from having to search a male body on their own @irishprisons @HHumphreysFG                                                               4

Prison officers must train up in LGBT+ awareness and terminology
Inspectorate wants policy on safe custody of trans inmates

"A small number of prison officers initially referred to the inmates as ‘he/him’ but the matter was resolved once this was brought to the attention of management"

Should preferred pronouns be compelled when used in the third person?      5

See also:

Court strikes down law that punished nursing home staff who didn’t use resident’s preferred pronoun - News - McKnight's Long Term Care News (

Yogyakarta Principles described as "international rules" but Department of Foreign Affairs says they are not binding on the Irish State.                                       6

What are the Yogyakarta Principles and what do they seek to achieve?
A set of principles, which are not binding on the State and which the Irish public has never had a chance to discuss or vote on, are being cited in Irish government reports on gender with far reaching consequences for women and children.

“The Irish Prison Service is currently developing a national policy for the safe custody of transgender women and men.

Consultation is currently ongoing with relevant stakeholders as well as other jurisdictions.”                                                                                                             7

Prisons to improve transgender facilities
Prisons to improve transgender facilities