Written answers

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Department of Justice and Equality

Irish Prison Service

Photo of John McGuinnessJohn McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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231. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 225 of 17 October 2017, the reason the person has not received payment for days (details supplied); the way in which the findings of the external review were addresses by the Irish Prison Service; and if he has satisfied himself with the decision of the Irish Prison Service protected disclosure recipient to refuse to address the additional matters. [51508/17]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois, Fine Gael)
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I am informed by the Irish Prison Service that it has instructed the Payroll Shared Service Centre to pay the relevant outstanding payroll monies due to the person in question. The payments relate to 3 days which are due to the Officer. Two days have been processed and I understand were due to be paid on 23 November.  An instruction to pay the third outstanding day has not yet been processed by the Payroll Shared Service Centre - this will be processed and paid to the Officer this month. I am informed that at the time of my response to question no 225 of 17 November, the Officer had been paid for all days for which the required paperwork had then been received. 

The Irish Prison Service Protected Disclosures policy and process is currently under review in conjunction with Transparency International Ireland under its Integrity at Work Scheme of which the IPS is a member.

In relation to the final part of your question, I am informed that it is not the case that the Prison Service Protected Disclosures recipient has refused to address additional matters. The Prison Service Protected Disclosures recipient communicated the additional matters to the Director General of the Prison Service noting the importance of ensuring that workers who make protected disclosures are not penalised in any manner. He also communicated to the individual that it would be appropriate to join the new matters/complaints with a number of existing claims being dealt with in the Workplace Relations Commission.


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