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343. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of men and women, respectively, who were granted temporary release in 2019 in terms of days out by prison; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23691/19]

344. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of men and women, respectively, who were granted full temporary release in 2019 by prison; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23692/19]

345. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount of sentence left to serve when full temporary release was granted for male and female prisoners in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23693/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 343 to 345, inclusive, together.
I can advise the Deputy that in relation to Temporary Release, decisions are considered on a case by case basis and the safety of the public is paramount when those decisions are made. Before a final determination is made a number of additional factors are taken into account including:
- the nature and gravity of the offence to which the sentence being served by the person relates
- the sentence concerned and any recommendation made by the Court in relation to the sentence imposed
- the person's previous criminal record
- the risk that the person might commit an offence during any period of temporary release
- the risk of the person failing to comply with any of the conditions of temporary release
The Irish Prison Service has provided the information set out in the tables.
The table outlines the number of male and female prisoners who were approved am/pm temporary release from prison between the period 1 January to 31 May 2019. I can inform the Deputy that prisoners are approved temporary release for education, training, work, compassionate and re-socialisation reasons.

Establishment Female Male Total
Arbour Hill Prison N/A 16 16
Castlerea Prison N/A 1 1
Cloverhill Remand Prison N/A 2 2
Cork Prison N/A 4 4
Limerick Prison 0 7 7
Loughan House N/A 92 92
Midlands Prison N/A 7 7
Mountjoy Prison (Female) 26 0 26
Mountjoy Prison (Male) N/A 51 51
Portlaoise Prison N/A 10 10
Shelton Abbey N/A 125 125
Wheatfield Place of Detention N/A 11 11
Total 26 326 352

The following table outlines the number of male and female prisoners who were approved Full Temporary Release between the period 1 January to 31 May 2019.
Establishment Female Male Total
Arbour Hill Prison N/A 9 9
Castlerea Prison N/A 88 88
Cloverhill Remand Prison N/A 8 8
Cork Prison N/A 124 124
Limerick Prison 41 91 132
Loughan House N/A 9 9
Midlands Prison N/A 150 150
Mountjoy Prison (Female) 119 n/a 119
Mountjoy Prison (Male) N/A 292 292
Portlaoise Prison N/A 21 21
Shelton Abbey N/A 11 11
Wheatfield Place of Detention N/A 104 104
Total 160 907 1,067

The following tables outline the number of male and female prisoners who were approved Full Temporary Release between the period 1 January to 31 May 2019 and the amount of time left to serve when Full Temporary release was granted.
Establishment 0 - 10 days 11 - 20 days 21 - 30 days 31 days + Total
Arbour Hill Prison 9 0 0 0 9
Castlerea Prison 70 8 8 2 88
Cloverhill Prison 4 1 0 3 8
Cork Prison 106 17 1 0 124
Limerick Prison 74 9 5 3 91
Loughan House 4 4 1 0 9
Midlands Prison 134 10 4 2 150
Mountjoy Prison ( Male ) 236 28 16 12 292
Portlaoise Prison 19 2 0 0 21
Shelton Abbey 7 3 1 0 11
Wheatfield 97 4 1 2 104
Total 760 86 37 24 907
Establishment 0 - 10 days 11 - 20 days 21 - 30 days 31 days + Total
Limerick Prison (Female) 31 3 3 4 41
Mountjoy Prison (Female) 93 14 7 5 119
Total 124 17 10 9 160

The statistics provided in relation to the number of prisoners approved Full Temporary Release includes prisoners who were serving less than 3 months for the non-payment of fines and prisoners who were approved Full Temporary Release in order to facilitate their removal from the State.