Written answers

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Prison Building Programme

9:00 pm

Photo of Denis NaughtenDenis Naughten (Roscommon-South Leitrim, Fine Gael)
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Question 85: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the future plans for developments at Castlerea Prison; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42832/10]

Photo of Dermot AhernDermot Ahern (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Louth, Fianna Fail)
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I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that it is their intention to provide a new accommodation block with 100 places within the existing prison boundary wall. The project is at a preliminary planning stage.

In addition to the proposed new block, the Irish Prison Service are developing proposals for the utilisation of the facilities at Harristown House beside Castlerea Prison. These proposals will entail the provision of enhanced regime opportunities for approximately 20 prisoners within a secure setting. The proposals are currently being evaluated and costed with a view to the submission of a business case to my Department.

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