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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 16 Nov 1961

Vol. 192 No. 3

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Limerick Prison Accommodation for Juveniles.


asked the Minister for Justice if in view of the bad influence resulting from imprisoning juveniles with adults in the Limerick prison he will consider transferring those juveniles to a more suitable institution.

Juvenile offenders committed to Limerick Prison, whose cases are not the subject of appeals, are transferred to St. Patrick's Institution if having regard to their histories, they are considered suitable for detention in the Institution.

Of the seven prisoners under 21 years of age in Limerick Prison at present, two are awaiting the hearing of appeals against their sentences; the remaining five, who are serving sentences ranging from one to five months, have all been previously charged with criminal offences.

So far as is possible these prisoners are kept apart from adult prisoners.

I want to give notice that with your permission on the next available day I want to raise on the Adjournment question No. 177 on to-day's Order Paper in view of the unsatisfactory answer given.

For the record, I wonder would the Chair say why my request to raise on the Adjournment my Question in connection with the condition of the old age pensioners and the need to have something done on their behalf was refused?

The Deputy has been informed what the decision was and the reason for it.

For the record, would the Ceann Comhairle give an explanation?

The Deputy was informed. It is quite unusual to do what the Deputy suggests. The Deputy has been told what the decision was.

The Dáil adjourned at 5.30 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday 22nd November, 1961.