239. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of remand prisoners held alongside persons serving a prison sentence by prison; and the number of remand prisoners cell sharing with sentenced prisoners. [24998/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am informed by the Irish Prison Service that as of Friday 14 June, the number of remand/trial prisoners in custody was 748. Of this 748, 206 remand/trial prisoners were sharing a cell with a sentenced prisoner. A breakdown by prison is contained in the attached table.
|Institution||Total number of prisoners not serving a sentence held in custody on Remand, Trial and Trial & Remand warrants||Number of those prisoners sharing a cell with a sentenced prisoner|
|Arbour Hill Prison||2||0|
|Cloverhill Remand Prison||378||47|
|Mountjoy Prison ( Female)||34||12|
|Mountjoy Prison ( Male )||45||0|
I wish to advise the Deputy that as Cloverhill Prison is the primary remand prison for the Leinster area, it has been affected more significantly in terms of the increased number of committals in the past year.
Prison Governors are, by law, required to admit into custody all prisoners committed to prison by the Courts. The Irish Prison Service therefore has no control over the numbers committed to custody in any given year.