Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (256)

Catherine Murphy


256. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of former prison service staff employed as consultants by the Irish Prison Service; the former role of each in the prison service; the current role of each; the length of the time they have been employed as external consultants; the amount they are being paid for this work; the standing of the employment of each; the main purpose of their employment; the location of the prison each is assigned to; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52215/18]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy was previously advised in Parliamentary Question No 186 of 5 December 2018, I am informed that there are two former prison governors, currently employed to carry out business process reviews in the Irish Prison Service. The purpose of the review is to implement a quality improvement programme for effective financial, administrative and other operational processes across the Prison Service.

One person has been employed since September 2017 and another since February 2018 on salaries of approximately €40,000 and €30,000 per annum, pro rata. Both persons were employed on 12 month contracts, with an option to extend for an additional limited period on the basis of their substantial experience in managing financial and administrative systems in the Prison Service.