480. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to run a competition to recruit prison officers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19940/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Director General of the Irish Prison Service that there are no immediate plans to recruit additional prison officers. However the situation is kept under review.
The Deputy will be aware that in accordance with Government Decision S180/20/10/0964C of 3 February and 24 March 2009 on the implementation of savings measures on public service numbers, more generally referred to as the moratorium on public sector recruitment, the filling of vacancies in the Irish Prison Service is subject to the approval of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.