Went on a college trip to Mountjoy years ago.
It was utterly depressing. It is cold and dingy and I could not believe that the prisoners had to "slop out". As far as I recall, the prisoners are only allowed one shower a week, and one change of clothes a week. These aren't even provided on the same day. The sheer disrespect of the prison gaurds to the prisoners was eye opening.
The female prison was something else! Ensuite bedrooms instead of cells. The female prison areas are referred to as houses, and they are. When we went in, there were about ten women chilling out in a sitting room, drinking tea, smoking and watching telly. They have an amazing computer room and we saw signs on a communal notice board for yoga classes and stuff that were being ran in the centre.
The inequality was unreal.