Details of phone seizures in Limerick Prison revealed

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Two mobile phones were seized at Limerick Prison in the first six weeks of the year
The Department of Justice and Equality says two mobile phones were seized at Limerick Prison during the first six weeks of this year.

The Department of Justice and Equality says two mobile phones were seized at Limerick Prison during the first six weeks of this year.

In reply to a written parliamentary question tabled by deputy Tommy Broughan, Minister Frances Fitzgerald confirmed the phones were seized by prison authorities between January 1 and February 8.

According to the figures, a total of 96 phones were seized at prisons across the country during the same time period.

Meanwhile, Ms Fitzgerald revealed that 18 phones were seized at Limerick Prison during all of 2014 - down from 56 in 2013.

Possession of an illicit mobile phone in prison is a criminal offence, which carries a maximum fine of €10,000 or a five year prison sentence.