Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Department of Justice and Equality
139. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 189 of 5 December 2018, the reason the unit referred to is not accommodating prisoners; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52347/18]
I have been advised by my officials of the Irish Prison Service that plans to place the first prisoner in the National Violence Reduction Unit (NVRU) are nearing completion and the intention is that the new facility will commence operations in the short term. The Deputy will appreciate that the development of the NVRU represents a new departure in the management of violent prisoners. Preparations to fully harness the two pronged operational and psychological approach have been extensive.