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Written Answers. - Prison Facilities.

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 559 No. 6

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212. Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the details of the financial turnover in respect of each shop for each prison. [26855/02]

[1578]Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell The Prison Service provides work training schemes within a number of prisons in a workshop environment. These workshops provide inmates with the opportunity to acquire skills that will assist them in gaining employment when they are released. Examples of these activities are printing, metal work, woodwork, clothing, craft, etc. Income is generated from the sale of items manufactured in the prison workshops and from the sale of produce from the farm in Shelton Abbey. Total manufacturing income for year ended 31 December 2001 amounted to €949,348. This was generated from the following prisons:

Mountjoy 348,781
Training Unit 1,170
Shanganagh Castle 6,856
Arbour Hill 280,901
Wheatfield 70,297
Cork 128,028
Limerick 82,753
Loughan House 3,583
Shelton Abbey 26,979

Each prison also operates a tuck-shop which sells confectionery and other small items to prisoners. It is not possible to supply the turnover figures for these tuck-shops or to give a more detailed breakdown of the figures for the workshops at this time due to resource commitments in the accounting area and the fact that these records are maintained in manual format.

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