Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Department of Justice and Equality
I propose to take Questions Nos. 406, 407 and 408 together.
I can advise the Deputy that any allegations of misconduct made against an employee of the Irish Prison Service (IPS) are treated very seriously, both by the IPS and by me. The allegations raised by the Deputy have not been made to me or to the IPS and we were not aware of them previously.
There are a number of ways a person can report allegations of misconduct to the appropriate authorities. Depending on the nature of the allegations this includes making the information known to my Department, to the IPS directly, or where appropriate in light of the nature of the allegations, to An Garda Síochána.
I would therefore encourage anyone with information relating to these allegations to provide it to the IPS or to my Department so that it can be fully examined and if appropriate, formally investigated. In the meantime, I have asked the Director General of the IPS to consider the allegations made and to the extent possible based on the limited information available, take whatever action she deems appropriate.