Written answers

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Prison Building Programme

10:00 am

Photo of Seán SherlockSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour)
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Question 352: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the position regarding plans for a new prison in Kilworth, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29446/10]

Photo of Dermot AhernDermot Ahern (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Louth, Fianna Fail)
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I am fully committed to replacing Cork prison with a new modern prison facility at Kilworth. It is anticipated that the capacity of the new prison will be in the region of 450 and the proposed development will also include accommodation and facilities for female prisoners.

The development of a new prison facility at Kilworth Co. Cork which will serve the Munster region is a key part of the ongoing significant prisons modernisation programme. A suitable site has already been identified at Kilworth following consultation with the Defence Forces. In addition, preliminary discussions have been held with Cork County Council in relation to the provision of the necessary services to the site. It is intended to commence preliminary planning and design work on the project this year and to deliver the project on a phased basis.

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