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
Cork206
Limerick215
Castlerea206
Cloverhill349
Wheatfield362
Portlaoise273
Arbour Hill100
Training Unit54
Midlands332
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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