Written answers

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Department of Justice, Equality and Defence

Prison Staff

9:00 pm

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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Question 120: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prison officers in each prison; his plans to increase same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26478/11]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that the current staffing levels for each prison are as follows:-

PrisonPrison Grade staff
Mountjoy (Male)505
Mountjoy (Female)78.5
St Patrick's Institution203
Arbour Hill100
Training Unit54
Loughan House48
Shelton Abbey50.5

In addition, staff are also assigned to a range of important support prison services, details of which are set out in the following table:

Prison Service Escort Corps149.5
Operational Support Group148
Building Services Division20
Training, Procurement, & Logistics24.5

The number of operational staff currently serving in the Irish Prison Service is 3324. I am informed by the Irish Prison Service that discussions in relation to staffing levels are ongoing in the context of the Transformation Agenda under the Public Service Agreement 2010 - 2014. The Irish Prison Service is also subject to the moratorium on public sector recruitment and any future requirement to recruit prison officers will be addressed in that context.


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