74. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Irish Prison Service personnel provided with mobile telephones; the cost of same in each of the years 2012 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15835/17]


Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I can advise the Deputy that the Irish Prison Service currently has a tender with Vodafone for the supply of mobile phones to Irish Prison Service staff for official business use. This contract was awarded to Vodafone after a competitive tender. An approved business case must be submitted by the staff member for approval by Irish Prison Service ICT Division before a mobile phone is assigned to a member of Irish Prison Service staff.
I am advised by the Irish Prison service that 217 staff members currently have an official mobile phone for business purposes.
Mobile phone costs (including monthly usage bills and handsets) from 2012 are set out in the following table:

Year Cost
2012 €107,766
2013 €125,556
2014 €147,317
2015 €155,331
2016 €136,522
2017 (Year to date) €14,700