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93. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prison places, by prison, in 2016; the budget allocated to each prison with the comparative figures for 1996 and 2006; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15854/17]

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Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I wish to inform the Deputy that the number of prison places available in each prison is set out in the following table for Year 2016:

Establishment Bed Capacity on 31st December 2016
Mountjoy Male 554
Mountjoy Female 105
Training Unit 96
St. Patrick's 34
Cloverhill 431
Wheatfield 550
Midlands 870
Portlaoise 291
Cork 296
Limerick Male 210
Limerick Female 28
Castlerea 340
Arbour Hill 142
Loughan House 140
Shelton Abbey 115
Total 4,202

Individual prisons do not have a separate budget allocation. Instead each budget area is managed centrally by the appropriate Directorate in Irish Prison Service Headquarters. In 2016 the gross budget allocated to the Irish Prison Service was €332.058m, the equivalent figure in 2006 was €389.572m and in 1996 the equivalent figure was €150.997m (£118.920m).