Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Questions (161)

Maureen O'Sullivan


161. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the length of time those in prison for subversive-related crime have spent on remand in the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50941/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

It is not possible to provide the information requested by the Deputy regarding the length of time that prisoners in custody for subversive related crime have spent on remand in the past five years, as this would necessitate a manual search of each record to determine when the period of remand commenced, as this may not actually be their committal date, and the nature of the offence. This would require a disproportionate and inordinate amount of staff time and effort and could not be justified where there are other significant demands on resources.

I can however advise that on the 31st October 2013 there were 53 prisoners in custody for subversive related crime that have spent a period of time on remand. Of this 19 prisoners are still currently held on remand. A breakdown of the length of time these prisoners have spent on remand is set out in the following table.

Length of time on remand

Total number of prisoners

Less than 1 Month


1 Month to less than 3 Months


3 Months to less than 6 Months


6 Months to less than 12 Months


1 Year to less than 2 Years


2 Years to less than 3 Years