416. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the expected date on which a new director general will be appointed to the Irish Prison Service; the recruitment process in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45212/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The selection process for recruiting a new Director General of the Irish Prison Service is currently underway.
This competition is being conducted by the Top Level Appointments Committee, supported by the Public Appointments Service. The post was advertised on 28 September 2018, with applications closing on 18 October 2018. The selection process is expected to be completed in December of this year and the appointment of a new Director General will follow as soon as possible thereafter.