In the brochure “Know Your Rights. Your Rights as a Prisoner“, published by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the Irish Penal Reform Trust, rights of a prisoner in Ireland were clearly presented.
About the correspondence, which can not be supervised it is written:
“Can I send any letters which will not be inspected?
Yes. Letters to certain organisations or bodies will not be opened before they are sent and will be posted without delay. These include letters to:
- your solicitor (legal advisor),
- the Minister for Justice,
- the Prison Visiting Committee,
- the Inspector of Prisons,
- the European Court of Human Rights,
- the Irish Human Rights Commission,
- the Parole Board,
- the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), and
- the International Red Cross.
Incoming mail from your solicitor or any of the organisations or bodies listed above will only be opened to make sure that it is from your solicitor or one of the listed organisations. If any letter addressed to you is to be examined, it must be opened while you are there.” (bolded by us).