Thursday, 29 January 2004

Questions (163)

Joan Burton


163 Ms Burton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the location, with regard to his comments that he wishes to see Mountjoy Prison razed to the ground, at which he proposes to replace same; the timescale for the replacement of Mountjoy Prison; and if the likely replacement site is the site of the proposed national stadium at Abbotstown in Dublin 15. [2672/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I agree with the views expressed by the Inspector of Prisons and Places of Detention and the Prisons Authority Interim Board that there is a need to replace the accommodation and facilities at Mountjoy Prison as soon as possible.

There are two possible options in regard to the replacement of the outdated accommodation at Mountjoy Prison. The first option is to redevelop the prison on the existing site involving the demolition and reconstruction of existing buildings. The second option is to relocate the prison to a greenfield site. My preference, as I have recently indicated, is for the relocation of Mountjoy Prison to a new site and I intend to bring this proposal to Government in the next week or so. I should add that at this juncture, no alternative site has been identified.