Dáil Éireann - Volume 643 - 11 December, 2007

Written Answers. - Prisoner Releases.

Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of convicted rapists released from jails here on licence since 2000 broken down by year. [33803/07]

  Deputy Brian Lenihan: I am advised by the Director General of the Irish Prison Service that the numbers of offenders serving sentences for rape who were released on completion of sentence between 2001, which is the earliest year for which computerised records are available, and 2006 are set out in the table.

Year

Number of Releases

2001

26

2002

40

2003

40

2004

33

2005

37

2006

35

[1227] The vast majority of persons convicted of such offences would have remained in custody right up to their remission date. However, a small number would have been released a single day before their remission date in order to facilitate accommodation and social welfare arrangements.