200. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the criticisms made of the Prison Service in a report (details supplied) concerning the transfer of a certain prisoner. [53582/17]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I wish to advise the Deputy that the Director General of the Irish Prison Service accepted in full the recommendations contained in the Report of the Commission of Investigation into the Death of Gary Douche.
The Irish Prison Service developed a comprehensive Action Plan for the implementation of the Commission's recommendations which were relevant to the Irish Prison Service.
A central recommendation of the Report related to the issue of inter-prison transfers. The Irish Prison Service developed a Protocol on the Transfer of Prisoners in response to the Report’s recommendations and this protocol was introduced in July 2014.