147. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the resources she allocated to prison psychology services in each of the years 2011 to 2016 to date. [12663/16]


Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that between 2011 and 2016 the following staffing resources were allocated to the IPS Psychology Service at Director of Psychology, senior psychologist and psychologist grade 2 level are as outlined in the following table.

31/12/11 31/12/12 31/12/13 31/12/14 31/12/15 31/05/16
(WTE*) total 18.6 20.1 18 18 17.2 19.8

WTE* = whole time equivalent
Since the end of 2015, the Irish Prison Service has engaged the services of locum Psychologists. Currently the number of locum Psychologists engaged is four.
I also wish to advise the Deputy that a competition to recruit Assistant Psychologists was recently undertaken and it is anticipated that six appointments will be made in August 2016.