364. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated full year cost if the budget for the Inspector of Prisons increased by 50%. [24109/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Inspector of Prisons has an important role in ensuring an effective independent oversight of our prison system. Following her appointment in May 2018, Ms. Patricia Gilheaney contracted PA consultants to carry out a review of the functions and arrangements of her office. The report was submitted to my Department and discussions regarding resources, legal powers and other related issues are ongoing. The 2020 budget for the Inspectors office will be considered as part of the normal estimates process later this year.
The revised estimates for 2019 is available on www.gov.ie. The Inspector of Prisons current estimate is €496,000 and is listed as A3 Prisons Inspectorate under Vote 24 Justice and Equality.