Mac Lochlainn outlines concerns over cell sharing in new Cork prison
Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Padraig Mac Lochlainn has welcomed the proposal to build a new prison in Cork.
However Deputy Mac Lochlainn outlined concerns over plans to accommodate more than one prisoner in most cells in the new prison.
“The existing prison in Cork is totally unfit for purpose and plans to replace it with a new prison are to be welcomed.
“However the new prison needs to be a modern prison that meets the best international standards. Sharing of cells in prisons is an outdated and discredited practice.
“It denies prisoners of their human right to privacy when using the toilet.
“Most experts agree that the sharing of cells is only acceptable when prisons are overcrowded so there should be absolutely no need for this practice to be even considered at this stage when the prison is not even built.
“I would urge Minister Shatter to listen to the concerns of experts in this field, including the Irish Penal Reform Trust and Father Peter McVerry, and to reconsider the proposals to share cells at the new Cork prison.”