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Prisoner Transport

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 22 January 2019

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Ceisteanna (267)

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

267. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the transport fleet budget for the Prison Service in each of the years 2015 to 2018; the amount allocated for same in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3018/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I wish to inform the Deputy that information in relation to both the transport fleet budget and expenditure for the Irish Prison Service for the years 2015 to 2018 is outlined in the table below.  The 2019 allocation has yet to be agreed.

Year

FLEET MANAGEMENT  (Budget)

FLEET MANAGEMENT  (spend)

2015

€1,400,000

€1,576,130

2016

€2,250,000

€3,201,356

2017

€3,150,000

€3,158,084

2018

€2,700,000

€2,790,583

In addition to the purchase of vehicles, expenditure for the fleet covers items such as Maintenance & Repairs, Motor Tax and Insurance, Fuel for Prison Vehicles and Toll Charges/Parking Fees.

Following the award of a contract for services to assist in the development of fleet management systems, a rolling programme commenced in 2016 to replace the existing fleet. While this resulted in additional expenditure in 2016, efficiencies in the purchasing and disposal of vehicles are expected to save money in the longer term.

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