Dáil Éireann - Volume 578 - 28 January, 2004

Written Answers - Irish Prison Service.

  306. Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will make a commitment that the redeveloped Mountjoy will not be a privately run institution; and if he will also make a commitment that the redeveloped Mountjoy will not be developed or run as a public private partnership institution. [2441/04]

  309. Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the likely effect on the present Dóchas Centre and Training Centre at Mountjoy under his redevelopment plans. [2444/04]

  Mr. McDowell:I propose to take Questions Nos. 306 and 309 together.

I am in the process of submitting to Government proposals in relation to Mountjoy Prison and I expect to be in a position to make an announcement on the matter shortly.

I have made clear that my preference is for all prisons to continue to be managed by the Prison Service, but on the basis of a sustainable cost structure. As the Deputy will be aware, discussions are under way at the Labour Relations Commission between the Prison [1067] Service and the Prison Officers Association on proposals aimed at achieving this objective.

  307. Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his Department has had communications with any religious orders or religious organisations with regard to the management of Shelton Abbey, Loughan House, or any helicopters Prison Service; if so, the names of the orders or organisations; if the contact was initiated by his Department; the date of contact; the services which were or are under discussion; and the current status of any such discussions. [2442/04]

  312. Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his Department has had communications with voluntary or charitable organisations with regard to the management of Shelton Abbey, Loughan House, or any other aspects of the Prison Service; if so, the names of the organisations; if the contact was initiated by his Department; the dates of contact; the services which were or are under discussion; and the current status of such discussions. [2447/04]

  Mr. McDowell:I propose to take Questions Nos. 307 and 312 together.

Arrangements for the alternative management of Shelton Abbey and Loughan House, should discussions under way at the Labour Relations Commission not result in a sustainable cost structure for their management within the Prison Service, are currently being finalised in my Department.

There have been no discussions with religious orders or religious organisations or voluntary or charitable organisations on the matter.