Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Questions (152)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

152. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide a list of all persons appointed to prison visiting committees from 1 April 2011 to date in 2014, in tabular form, including the name, date appointed and visiting committee in each case; a list of expenses incurred by each appointee over the course of his or her appointment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23826/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Visiting Committee members are appointed for a period of three years by the Minister for Justice and Equality under the Prisons (Visiting Committees) Act 1925 and Prisons (Visiting Committees) Order 1925. There are fourteen Visiting Committees in existence – one for each institution. The following table sets out the 65 appointments made to Prison Visiting Committees from 1 April 2011 to date.

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Name

Name of Visiting Committee

Appointment Date

1

Rita Hayes

Arbour Hill

23.01.2012

2

Dr. Abdulla Bulbulia

Arbour Hill

23.01.2012

3

Wilhelmina Daly

Arbour Hill

23.01.2012

4

Dermot O'Donnell

Cork

23.01.2012

5

Mary Loughnane

Cork

23.01.2012

6

Dr. Margaret O'Keeffe

Cork

23.01.2012

7

Noel Cloak

Dóchas

23.01.2012

8

Bernie Donnelly

Dóchas

23.01.2012

9

Mary Elliott

Dóchas

23.01.2012

10

Val Rooney

Limerick

23.01.2012

11

Kathleen Richey

Loughan House

23.01.2012

12

Andrew Cullen

Loughan House

23.01.2012

13

Patrick Boyle

Loughan House

23.01.2012

14

Joe Aherne

Mountjoy

23.01.2012

15

Gerry Delaney

Shelton Abbey

23.01.2012

16

Denis Murphy

St. Patrick's Institution

23.01.2012

17

John (Seán) Lyons

St. Patrick's Institution

23.01.2012

18

Emma Muldowney

St. Patrick's Institution

23.01.2012

19

Sadie Jordan

Training Unit

23.01.2012

20

Fintan Kelly

Training Unit

23.01.2012

21

Deirdre Kenneally

Training Unit

23.01.2012

22

Noel Turley

Training Unit

23.01.2012

23

Stewart Stephens

Wheatfield

23.01.2012

24

Mary Prendergast

Limerick

15.02.2012

25

Thomas Gregan

Shelton Abbey

15.02.2012

26

Margaret Short

Shelton Abbey

15.02.2012

27

Niall Counihan

St. Patrick's Institution

15.02.2012

28

John Higgins

Limerick

20.02.2012

29

Richard Codd

Shelton Abbey

21.02.2012

30

Betty Gleeson

Wheatfield

22.02.2012

31

Paddy Murray

Arbour Hill

28.03.2012

32

Michael Nevin

Castlerea

28.03.2012

33

Dave Strahan

Cork

28.03.2012

34

Patricia McCarthy

Limerick

28.03.2012

35

Kathleen Gill

Wheatfield

28.03.2012

36

Colette Fennelly

Midlands

08.10.2012

37

Ruth Gallagher

Dóchas

22.10.12

38

Eddie Brady

Castlerea

22.10.12

39

Martin Daly

Castlerea

22.10.12

40

Tomas Ryan

Cork

22.1012

41

Angela O'Connor

Arbour Hill

26.10.12

42

Anne Delaney

Dóchas

26.10.12

43

James Houlihan

Limerick

26.10.12

44

Brian O'Neill

Portlaoise

26.10.12

45

Brenda Coyne

Wheatfield

26.10.12

46

Peter Cutliffe

Loughan House

03.12.12

47

Tom Crean

Mountjoy

03.12.12

48

Margaret Guijt-Lawlor

Portlaoise

03.12.12

49

Anne Carter

Wheatfield

03.12.12

50

Patrick Holton

Training Unit

14.01.2013

51

Margaret Downey

Cloverhill Prison

12.03.2013

52

Fintan Hudson

Cloverhill Prison

12.03.2013

53

David Ruddy

Cloverhill Prison

01.07.2013

54

Laura Jenkins

Cloverhill

01.07.2013

55

Tommie Healy

Arbour Hill

01.07.2013

56

John Keavney

Castlerea

01.07.2013

57

Robin Murray

Cork

01.07.2013

58

Pat Conway

Limerick

01.07.2013

59

Pat McGee

Mountjoy

01.07.2013

60

Michael Hough

Portlaoise

01.07.2013

61

Anne Confrey

Training Unit

01.07.2013

62

Ted Laffey

Midlands

10.10.2013

63

Margaret O'Dwyer

Midlands

10.10.2013

64

Anthony Donnelly

Cork

14.10.2013

65

Marie O'Rourke

Shelton Abbey

25.11.2013

Detailed figures for the remuneration of each committee member from 2011 to date are not readily available and would require a disproportionate amount of staff time and effort to prepare which would be difficult to justify in current circumstances where there are other significant demands on resources. However, I can inform the Deputy that a per diem payment at a current rate of €142.50 per visit or meeting, which is subject to tax, is paid to Visiting Committee members. Members are also entitled to claim vouched travel expenses of €30 per visit. The following table sets out the total expenditure paid to the Visiting Committees over each of the past three years.

Year

Total Annual Payments

2011

€214,249

2012

€143,457

2013

€170,430