Written Answers. - Parole Requests.

Noel Dempsey

Ceist:

488 Mr. Dempsey asked the Minister for Justice the number of requests for parole for family events, illnesses and deaths received from Republican prisoners in Portlaoise prison in each month during 1995 and up to August 1996; the number of such requests granted each month during this period; the number of these requests which were received from non-aligned Republican prisoners; and the number of such requests granted in respect of each month in this period. [16348/96]

The number of requests for compassionate parole received from and granted to all subversive prisoners from January 1995 to August 1996 are as follows:

Number of Applications

Number of Applications Granted

1995

January

12

7

February

11

8

March

23

14

April

9

5

May

15

9

June

11

10

July

19

11

August

9

5

September

9

4

October

20

13

November

11

6

December

34

18

1996

January

10

3

February

6

Nil

March

6

Nil

April

3

2

May

10

3

June

6

2

July

8

3

August

2

Nil

Of those numbers, the figures in relation to requests from non-aligned subversive prisoners are as follows:

Number of Applications

Number of Applications Granted

1995

January

2

Nil

February

Nil

Nil

March

3

Nil

April

1

Nil

May

4

2

June

2

2

July

3

1

August

2

Nil

September

1

Nil

October

5

3

November

4

Nil

December

6

2

1996

January

5

2

February

3

Nil

March

1

Nil

April

Nil

Nil

May

4

Nil

June

2

Nil

July

4

Nil

August

2

Nil

The full restoration of the parole arrangements which existed immediately prior to the resumption of violence on 9 February last is something which will fall to be considered in the event of the ceasefire being restored.
In the meantime, the position is that each parole application is considered on its merits.