Dáil debates

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions

Prison Service

9:50 am

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I met the Tánaiste in December 2020, at which time there were 29 prisoners in the E block in Portlaoise prison. There are now fewer than ten. By mid-summer, the figure could be half that again. Does the Tánaiste not agree that is a radically different situation from the situation that caused the Army to be deployed to the prison in the first place? I welcome what he had to say about reviews but is it not time we dealt with this issue and stopped wasting €1.9 million on a small number of prisoners who could easily be held securely under the normal prison regime?


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