438. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her views on the management and procurement practices in place in the prison service for major building projects in particular procurement, which should be independent and fair to all parties. [1292/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am satisfied that the Irish Prison Service (IPS) is committed to the principles of fair, independent and transparent procurement and achieving value for money, subject to the overriding requirement to ensure that goods and services, including the provision of major building projects, are delivered in a safe and secure manner.
It should also be noted that procurement in the IPS is subject to independent reviews by both the Internal Audit Unit of my Department and the Office of the Comptroller & Auditor General.