Written Answers. - Transfer of Prisoner.

Seamus Brennan

Question:

158 Mr. S. Brennan asked the Minister for Justice if she will reassure the family of a prisoner (details supplied) in Dublin 16 who was transferred from Dublin to another location as a disciplinary measure in view of the fact that the privilege of letters and visits has been suspended; the reason the family of the prisoner has been unable to get any information on his condition since the transfer; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8627/96]

The Deputy will be aware that, for internal operational reasons, transfers of offenders take place on a regular basis between all our prison institutions.

It is not normal practice to comment in detail on individual cases and I do not propose, therefore, to depart from this practice in this particular case other than to say that the person referred to in the question is currently detained in the place of detention at Wheatfield.
I do, however, wish to say that it is untrue to state that the family of the person referred to in the question were unable to get any information on his condition for the short period he was in Cork prison. The fact is that his mother and father were facilitated with a visit and also spoke with the Deputy Governor on two occasions concerning their son. They were provided with all information sought and reassured as to his condition.