Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (274)

Clare Daly

Question:

274. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 102 of 21 February 2019, when a reply will be issued. [16625/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

A reply to the Deputy's Parliamentary Question No. 102 of 21 February 2019 issued on 8 April. The substance of the reply is repeated below for the sake of clarity. In my original response I had indicated that the information requested was not recorded centrally and that I had asked my officials in the Irish Prison Service to examine relevant information collated at Governor level, with a view to making further information available to the Deputy. 

The table below reflects the number of times Gardaí were called or requested to attend a prison for assaults and other offences which were considered a criminal matter. As there is currently no central register to record the requested information, it is not possible to quantify with absolute certainty the accuracy of these records.

Establishment

2016 

2017

2018

2019 to date

Total

Shelton Abbey

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

1

Loughan House

1

Nil

1

Nil

 2

Cloverhill

24

33

88

11

156 

Midlands

25

37

34

10

106 

Arbour Hill

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 Nil

Mountjoy (Male)

131

118

126

17

 392

Castlerea

102

89

73

11

275

Wheatfield

31

77

179

13

300 

Cork

28

72

55

1

 156

Mountjoy (Female) Prison

17

2

9

5

33

Limerick

35

29

42

15

121 

Portlaoise

27

45

39

4

 115

Under Statutory Instrument no 11 of 2013 (amendment to the Prison Rules), prisons are obliged to collate the reporting of complaints of a criminal offence (Rule 57A) to the Gardaí and I am informed by the Director General of the Irish Prison Service that an instruction has been issued to all Governors reminding them of their obligations.