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Prisoner Numbers

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 26 March 2013

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Questions (449)

Pearse Doherty


449. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will confirm the number of prisoners who have sought or been provided with medical attention at Wheatfield Prison, Cloverhill Road, Dublin following assaults or suspected assaults in each of January, February and March 2013 together with the current total number of prisoners at the facility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15185/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I wish to advise the Deputy that for the year to date 19 prisoners have sought or have been provided with medical attention following assaults or alleged assaults. The Irish Prison Service has in place a Standard Operating Procedure for dealing with prisoners who allege injury by assault. Any prisoner who reports an assault or alleged assault is seen by a member of the Healthcare team as soon as possible after the incident and receives appropriate medical treatment.

A total of 709 prisoners were in custody in Wheatfield Prison on 25 March 2013.

Question No. 450 answered with Question No. 427.