Written Answers. - Prison Staff.

David Stanton

Ceist:

335 Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of prison officers attached to each prison or place of detention that have requested transfers; if such requests will be facilitated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19477/03]

The number of prison service personnel (all grades) seeking transfers from the various institutions is as follows:

From

Number

Arbour Hill Prison

6

Building Services Division (Santry)

1

Castlerea Prison

16

Cloverhill Prison

160

Curragh Place of Detention

3

Fort Mitchel Place of Detention

11

Limerick Prison

5

Loughan House

1

Mountjoy Female Prison (Dóchas Centre)

4

Mountjoy Male Prison

141

Midlands Prison

83

Portlaoise Prison

7

Shelton Abbey

1

St. Patrick's Institution

24

Training Unit

10

Wheatfield Prison

119

I am not in a position now to say when the Irish Prison Service will be in a position to facilitate the officers' requests for transfer. The position is that transfers are normally effected on a seniority basis subject to fillable vacancies arising and the needs of the service at the time.