550. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the process by which a prisoner can apply for and secure a temporary release; the regulations governing the process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20067/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I wish to advise the Deputy that the legislative basis for temporary release is fully set out in the Criminal Justice Act 1960, as amended by the Criminal Justice (Temporary Release of Prisoners) Act 2003. An application can be made by a prisoner through the Governor of the prison in which they are located. Each application is considered on its individual merits and the safety of the public is paramount when decisions are made.