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109. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason there was no armed escort with a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8371/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will be aware, I have requested the Director General of the Irish Prison Service to provide me with a full report on all of the circumstances surrounding the escape of the prisoner (details supplied) during a hospital appointment at Tallaght Hospital on 17th February 2015. I will carefully consider this report when I receive it, including any recommendations it may make in relation to prisoner security.