100. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the average daily cost of holding a prisoner in jail; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7456/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Irish Prison Service calculates the average annual cost of an available staffed prison space for inclusion in the Annual Report. For 2013, the latest year for which a figure is available, the cost was €65,542. This equates to an average daily cost of €179.57 per available staffed prison space.
Once finalised, the 2014 figures will be published on the Irish Prison Service web site and in the 2014 Annual Report.