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880. Deputy Pa Daly asked the Minister for Justice the details of the prison inspection reports she currently has possession of; and when she plans to publish them. [41696/21]

Answer

Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy Hildegarde Naughton): As the Deputy may be aware, on 3 August this year, I published the COVID - 19 Thematic Inspection reports from the Inspector of Prisons in relation to Mountjoy, Cloverhill, Wheatfield and Limerick Prisons, being the first four such reports received.
I have also received Covid -19 Thematic Reports relating to Shelton Abbey, Portlaoise, Cork and Arbour Hill prisons (the latter two received on 3 September). I intend to bring all four reports to Government in the coming weeks and to publish them shortly thereafter.
The Deputy may also wish to note that a separate report by the Inspector into a visit to the Dóchas Centre was submitted to my Department in August of 2020. Publication of this report is held for further consideration pending the completion by the Inspector of a report being carried out under section 31 (2) of the Prisons Act 2007 in relation to matters concerning the Dóchas centre.