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O’Brien calls on Minister for Justice to address Limerick Prison issues

18 January, 2012 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking following the publication of the Inspector of Prisons’ Report on an Inspection of Limerick Prison, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien called on the Minister for Justice to address the serious issues at the prison as a matter of urgency.

The Cork North-Central TD said;

“The publication of this Report demonstrates serious issues in Limerick Prison that must be addressed as a matter of urgency however I welcome the publication of an action plan as well. It is important that this is a practice continued by the Minister when it comes to other prisons.

“The inspector’s report reveals failures in even the most basic of prison facilities. There are outstanding matters of broken windows, prison hygiene and plumbing issues that have yet to be addressed. While there has been some progress, it is disappointing and unacceptable that the Irish Prison Service has allowed the situation to get to this point.

“Prisons in Ireland are for the most part, dirty, overcrowded and unhygienic. These serious issues in Limerick and other prisons, must be addressed immediately. Furthermore, Minister Shatter must ensure that the adequate resources are provided in order to meet the inspector’s report and the terms of the action plan itself, including provision of a drug-free landing, opening of workshops, and a high-support unit for vulnerable prisoners.”


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