Conditions improve at Limerick Prison says inspector

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

The Inspector of Prisons says conditions for inmates at Limerick Prison have improved considerably since a highly critical report on the prison was published earlier this year.

The Inspector of Prisons says conditions for inmates at Limerick Prison have improved considerably since a highly critical report on the prison was published earlier this year.

In his second follow-up report, Judge Michael Reilly said he had made a number of announced and unannounced visits to the Mulgrave Street facility since January.

It his report, the judge said there had been an improvement in the condition of urinals and toilets at the prison but he warned prison authorities would have to be vigilant to ensure that this remained the case.

He also noted that broken windows had been replaced since his last report and that said the conditions of the exercise yards at the prison had also improved.

In the follow-up report, Judge Reilly states that further improvements are required and he said a further programme of works had been agreed, including the introduction of temporary prototype windows in the 62 cells.

Despite the improvements, Judge Reilly states in his report that it is “unacceptable” that Limerick Prison is not in a position to provide a dedicated high support unit for inmates.

However, he noted that as a compromise, units at Cork Prison and the Midlands Prison would provide capacity for inmates who are currently being detained Limerick.

Following the publication of the report, The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter welcomed the improvements at Limerick Prison.

“I am particularly pleased to note that many of the deficiencies previously identified by the Inspector are being addressed and substantial progress is being made,” he said.

The minister added: I would like to compliment management and staff of Limerick Prison for the improvements to date and look forward to further progress being made to address the remaining outstanding issues.”