Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
Prison Building Programme
Question 135: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the proposed prison development on a site (details supplied) in County Cork; the proposed timeframe of same; if there are plans in place to improve conditions at Cork Prison, where slopping out is still required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7801/11]
I can assure the Deputy that this Government is committed to addressing the issue of in-cell sanitation in line with the Government Programme for National Recovery.
It is accepted that conditions at Cork Prison are less than ideal. Unfortunately, with limited resources in the present economic climate, it is likely that ambitious projects such as the development of new prison facilities at Kilworth will take longer to progress. However, the Irish Prison Service is appraising the logistical, financial, operational and other aspects of an outline proposal to provide in-cell sanitation in all cells in Cork Prison. This appraisal will be informed by the evaluation of the Mountjoy 'C' wing in-cell sanitation project which is currently under way.