Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (229)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

229. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of applications from his Department to the Departments of Finance and or Public Expenditure and Reform for injury warrants in respect of prison officers since 1994; the date of the most recent application for same; the number of applications that were granted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51650/18]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Matters relating to Injury Warrants come within the responsibility of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The Civil Service Injury Warrants are a series of statutory instruments made under the Superannuation Acts. They provide additional benefits over and above normal pension entitlements, to or in respect of officers who, through no fault of their own, are killed or injured in the performance of their duties. The injury must be attributable to the nature of their duties.

I am advised by the Acting Director General of the Irish Prison Service that the Irish Prison Service commenced using electronic recording of staff data in late 1990s and since then there have been 4 former employees who applied for an annual allowance under the Injury Warrants regulations. All 4 applications were refused. I am further advised that the most recent application was received in August 2017.