I propose to take Questions Nos. 15 and 23 together.
The first group of 16 offenders will be in the younger age group and selected from the existing institutions in Dublin. They will be transferred to the new place of detention on 13 June next. Further groups of offenders will be transferred over the following months in the light of operational experience at the institution and demands on the prison system generally.
Regulations for the centre under the Criminal Justice Act, 1970, will provide that male offenders aged 16 years or over may be transferred there.
No decision has been taken regarding the transfer to Wheatfield of offenders infected with the HIV virus. I accept, however, that they are one of the categories of offenders whose situation will call for particular consideration when the reallocation of available accommodation, consequent on the bringing into use of Wheatfield, is being decided.