Written answers

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Department of Justice and Equality

Educational Services for Prisoners

Photo of Clare DalyClare Daly (Dublin North, United Left)
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341. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of workshop and work-training posts that are vacant in each prison; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45294/15]

Photo of Clare DalyClare Daly (Dublin North, United Left)
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342. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prisoners from 18 to 20 years of age taking part in workshops and work-training posts in each prison. [45295/15]

Photo of Clare DalyClare Daly (Dublin North, United Left)
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343. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prisoners from 21 to 25 years of age taking part in workshops and work-training posts in each prison. [45296/15]

Photo of Frances FitzgeraldFrances Fitzgerald (Minister, Department of Justice and Equality; Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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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.

PrisonTotal number of postsVacancies
Arbour Hill120.5
Castlerea260
Cloverhill272
Cork230
Dóchas121
Limerick240
Loughan House110
Midlands681
Mountjoy485
Portlaoise272
Shelton Abbey90
St Patrick’s Institution250
Training Unit70
Wheatfield581

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.

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