Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (679)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

679. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the opening times of an office (details supplied); his plans to increase same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32000/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Probation Service Kildare Team moved into its new offices in Newbridge, County Kildare in October, 2018. Normal office hours are 9.00 a.m. to 5.45 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9.00 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. on Friday. These are the standard office hours for all of the Probation Service Offices and there are no plans to change them.

The Probation Service is the lead agency in the assessment and management of offenders in our communities. It is committed to working to reduce offending, create safer communities and fewer victims through offender rehabilitation. The Probation Service has a national remit with services delivered locally by staff based in 35 community based offices across the country as well as staff based in all twelve prisons.