147. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which promotional prospects remain available to prison staff in all prisons nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4666/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am informed that the Irish Prison Service administer internal promotional competitions on an ongoing basis to fill vacancies at all levels of the organisation as they arise. In addition to such promotional competitions, the Irish Prison Service also engages in external recruitment, either directly as a recruitment licence holder, or through the Public Appointments Service, for certain posts of a specialised nature.
In respect of internal promotional competitions, such competitions are held as and when vacancies are required to be filled at various grades and any eligible officer may make an application to fill any advertised post. Such competitions are, in the main, open to officers nationally across the Prison Estate.
In 2018, the Irish Prison Service administered eight promotional competitions and I am informed that it is intended to continue to administer promotional competitions throughout 2019 for various grades.