Thursday, 8 November 2018
Department of Justice and Equality
Prison Service Staff
99. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if disciplinary proceedings have been initiated within the Irish Prison Service within the past three years specifically with respect to incidences of sexual harassment and or assault; if so, the number of incidences involved; the rank or ranks and or grade of staff that were involved; the way in which the matters were resolved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46339/18]
I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that the Service is committed to protecting dignity and respect across the organisation and addresses complaints of bullying, harassment, and sexual harassment under the Dignity at Work policy for the Irish Civil Service.
I am informed that in the period referred to by the Deputy, one such complaint against a member of staff was upheld after investigation under the Dignity at Work Policy and disciplinary proceedings were initiated on foot of that. A further three complaints by staff members are currently being addressed under the Dignity at Work Policy.
The complaints concerned have involved staff at Chief Officer, Prison Officer and Prison Administration and Support Officer Grades.
100. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if compensation or without prejudice payments have been made to staff of the Irish Prison Service within the past three years; if so, the amounts involved; the grade or rank of staff that were involved; if this also related to pensions and pension top-ups and buying of years service; the rank or ranks or grades that were involved; the reason for such payments and top-ups and or years of service bought; if such payments required his approval or that of his predecessor; if staff exiting the IPS in such a manner are required to enter into non-disclosure agreements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46340/18]
I wish to inform the Deputy that it has not been possible in the timeframe available to collate the information sought as this entails a manual check over each month for the period in question. I will revert to the Deputy as soon as this information has been compiled.