Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (227)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

227. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his attention has been drawn to the particulars of a case concerning a prison officer on unpaid leave from the Irish Prison Service since May 2011 (details supplied); if he will engage with the prison officer on the matters concerned; if he has considered the issue of awarding an injury warrant in respect of the person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18965/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I can confirm that the attention of my office has been drawn to the particular circumstances of this case, and that my office has responded to correspondence received from the individual concerned.

While the matter of making an award under the provisions of the Civil Service Injury Warrants is one that would fall ultimately to my Department, the initial application would be raised in the first instance with the Officer’s employer, the Irish Prison Service. The relevant Statutory Instruments governing the Injury Warrants lay down a cumulative set of conditions that must be complied with in order for an Injury Warrant allowance to be approved in any case. No recommendation in regard to such an award in respect of the individual in question has been referred to my Department for consideration.