It costs €90,000 a year to keep a prisoner in jail. The Old Triangle is a fund-raising event for the Irish Penal Reform Trust. You might also want to read Prison should be last resort for all categories of offender, in which Liam Herrick, executive director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust points out that
It is no coincidence that imprisonment for non-payment of fines has soared during the present recession, from 1,335 in 2007 to over 7,000 last year.
The Vicious Circle of Social Exclusion and Crime: Ireland’s Disproportionate Punishment of the Poor is available from the Irish Penal Reform Trust.
The Old Triangle
A celebration for the benefit of the Irish Penal Reform Trust
Sunday, 26th February 2012 at 8pm
Abbey Theatre, Dublin 1
A celebration of music and words for the benefit of the Irish Penal Reform Trust, The Old Triangle seeks to raise awareness of the need for penal reform and the place of prison and prisoners in society. Many of the artists taking part in this celebration have worked in prisons, and we are mindful of the important role the arts and artists have to play in the life of our prisons.
The featured musicians and writers, all of whom are waiving fees for the night, are:
(Noel Shine, Mary Greene & Ellie Shine)
Jimmy Kelly & friends
The artist Eddie Cahill, introduced by Brian Maguire
The event is hosted by Paula Meehan and Theo Dorgan.
We are all aware that there is a huge debate going on in Ireland right now about what kind of civil society we should be striving for. Artists are as much part of the
debate as anyone, and conscious of the need to make this debate as inclusive
and wide-ranging as possible.” – Paula Meehan, Patron of IPRT
Tickets are €20 (standard) with a limited number at €40 (premium supporters).
Tickets can be booked online at www.abbeytheatre.ie or by calling the AbbeyTheatre box office on (01) 87 87 222. (The Box Office is open Mon – Sat from 10.30am – 7pm.)
IPRT is very grateful to Poetry Ireland and to Sheehan & Partners for supporting this event.