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325. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a person (details supplied) in County Cavan has been in a position to access rehabilitative training and education suitable for first-time offenders with the objective of addressing the prospect of recidivism; the extent to which this prisoner has availed of such services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39228/15]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that it provides a wide range of rehabilitative programmes to those in custody that include education, vocational training, healthcare, psychiatric, psychological, counselling, welfare and spiritual services. These programmes offer purposeful activity to those in custody while serving their sentences and encourage them to lead law abiding lives on release. These programmes are available in all prisons and all prisoners are eligible to use the services.
I am further advised by the Irish Prison Service that the person referred to in the Question has ongoing engagement with the services available.