Dáil debates

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions

Prison Service

9:50 am

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I take the Deputy's point. That is why I have acted on this. A deployment of 50 personnel was traditionally in situ at any given time, with a resource commitment of 100 personnel in total accounting for those resting or on stand-by. The current resource commitment is 16 personnel. Any resources released by the step-down in commitment will be redeployed into regenerational capacities and capabilities across the Defence Forces. There are now expected to be substantial savings arising from the reduced deployment of personnel. We have reduced personnel significantly at Portlaoise prison and the matter is under constant review given, as the Deputy has outlined, that the security situation has changed.


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