Written answers

Tuesday, 13 June 2023

Department of Justice and Equality

Prison Service

Photo of Pa DalyPa Daly (Kerry, Sinn Fein)
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870. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the projected yearly cost to the Prison Service of housing a single prisoner. [27350/23]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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I am advised by my officials in the Irish Prison Service that the average annual cost of an available, staffed prison space during the calendar year 2022 was €84,067, a 4.6% increase on the 2021 cost of €80,335

The figure includes all elements of net expenditure incurred to the Irish Prison Service vote within the year, (such as salaries, utilities/maintenance, ICT, services provided to prisoners including education, healthcare, work training etc.) and excludes capital expenditure on buildings and vehicle purchases.

The main reasons for the increase over the 2021 figure is due to increased variable costs due to increases in payroll costs due to National Wage Agreements, increased prisoner numbers and increased capacity.


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