Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Department of Justice and Equality
Educational Services for Prisoners
I propose to take Questions Nos. 341 to 343, inclusive, together.
I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that the existing vacancies for workshop and work training posts in each prison are as set out in the following table.
|Prison||Total number of posts||Vacancies|
|St Patrick’s Institution||25||0|
Vacancies in the work training area are filled by the Irish Prison Service by internal competition as the need arises.
The manner in which records are collated does not allow the Irish Prison Service to differentiate between the ages of offenders who participate in work training activities without an examination of individual files. Such an examination would require a disproportionate and inordinate amount of staff time and effort that could not be justified where there are other significant demands on resources.