The Irish Prison Service seeks to fully respect the privileged and confidential relationship between a prisoner and his or her legal adviser. The Director General of the Irish Prison Service informs me that she is not aware of the instances described in the question. It is not clear if the Deputy is referring to the investigation into recent allegations of surveillance and other wrongdoing in prisons which I asked the Inspector of Prisons to carry out. That investigation took place under section 31 of the Prisons Act 2007 with the Inspector of Prisons having full access to relevant documentation and personnel in Prison Service Headquarters or elsewhere in the Prison Service.
I have now been furnished with a copy that investigative report of the Inspector of Prisons. I will consider the report in consultation with the Attorney General and in accordance with the provisions of section 31.