Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Justice and Equality

Prison Service

Photo of Seán SherlockSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour)
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448. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the plans for the old Cork City Jail on Rathmore Road, Cork. [49537/21]

Photo of Hildegarde NaughtonHildegarde Naughton (Galway West, Fine Gael)
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The old prison at Rathmore Road, Cork was closed in February 2016 following the construction of new prison facilities on a site opposite the old prison as part of the Irish Prison Service modernisation programme and capital plan for the prison estate.

While the Irish Prison Service has no current strategic plan for the future use of the old prison, preliminary exploratory discussions have taken place with the Land Development Agency regarding options for the future use/development of the site.

I understand that options on the future use of the existing facility may be very limited due to the age and condition of the buildings, which date back to the 19th century and taking into consideration the requirement to comply with current building standards and health and safety requirements.


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