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516. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of category A complaints submitted in 2017 and to date in 2018 by prison in tabular form; the length of time taken to complete each one and communicate the outcome of the decision to the complainant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25099/18]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I wish to advise the Deputy that the information requested is contained in the following table.
I am advised by my officials in the Irish Prison Service that under the Irish Prison Service Complaints system, the outcome of each complaint should be communicated by the Governor to the complainant and the subject of the complaint within 14 days of date of receipt of the final investigation report.
I am further advised that there is a requirement to carry out investigations within a 3 month timeframe. In some cases this is not always feasible due to a number of operational factors, such as the availability of the complainant and/or subject/s for interview purposes, access to medical records and other similar issues. In such cases Investigators are required to submit a preliminary report and extensions of time to complete investigations are sanctioned on a case by case basis.

- Prison where complaint was made Date Assigned Date report received Number of Days
2017
Arbour Hill 27/11/2017 12/01/2018 45
Arbour Hill Total 1
Castlerea 11/10/2017 23/11/2017 42
Castlerea 03/01/2018 27/02/2018 54
Castlerea 08/11/2017 12/01/2018 64
Castlerea 15/05/2017 30/07/2017 75
Castlerea 22/05/2017 08/08/2017 76
Castlerea 09/08/2017 01/11/2017 82
Castlerea 09/08/2017 02/11/2017 83
Castlerea 27/09/2017 09/05/2018 222
Castlerea 29/11/2017 22/01/2018 53
Castlerea Total 9
Cloverhill 09/08/2017 29/08/2017 20
Cloverhill 10/07/2017 21/08/2017 41
Cloverhill 10/07/2017 21/08/2017 41
Cloverhill 11/05/2017 01/07/2017 50
Cloverhill 01/06/2017 21/07/2017 50
Cloverhill 07/07/2017 28/08/2017 51
Cloverhill 03/10/2017 27/11/2017 54
Cloverhill 21/07/2017 05/10/2017 74
Cloverhill 21/07/2017 06/10/2017 75
Cloverhill 08/12/2017 26/02/2018 78
Cloverhill 24/01/2017 23/04/2017 89
Cloverhill 20/06/2017 14/11/2017 144
Cloverhill Total 12
Cork 09/08/2017 13/10/2017 64
Cork 26/09/2017 22/12/2017 86
Cork 26/07/2017 08/11/2017 102
Cork 27/02/2017 06/06/2017 99
Cork 26/07/2017 14/11/2017 108
Cork Total 5
Limerick 01/02/2017 25/07/2017 174
Limerick 20/06/2017 04/01/2018 194
Limerick 23/03/2017 18/07/2017 115
Limerick Total 3
Midlands 24/07/2017 21/09/2017 57
Midlands 07/11/2017 05/01/2018 58
Midlands 07/11/2017 05/01/2018 58
Midlands 11/10/2017 05/01/2018 84
Midlands 07/09/2017 04/12/2017 87
Midlands 07/02/2017 06/05/2017 89
Midlands 24/07/2017 25/10/2017 91
Midlands 14/07/2017 24/10/2017 100
Midlands 12/07/2017 03/11/2017 111
Midlands 12/05/2017 05/09/2017 113
Midlands 07/02/2017 28/08/2017 201
Midlands 07/02/2017 10/01/2018 333
Midlands 09/08/2017 19/10/2017 70
Midlands 01/11/2017 31/01/2018 90
Midlands 15/05/2017 20/06/2017 35
Midlands Total 15
Mountjoy 07/09/2017 02/11/2017 55
Mountjoy 31/01/2017 04/04/17 64
Mountjoy 04/01/2018 22/03/2018 78
Mountjoy 27/07/2017 26/10/2017 89
Mountjoy 27/09/2017 09/01/2018 102
Mountjoy 24/08/2017 12/12/2017 108
Mountjoy 13/09/2017 14/11/2017 61
Mountjoy 23/05/2017 06/06/2017 13
Mountjoy 09/08/2017 24/10/2017 75
Mountjoy Total 9
Portlaoise 17/01/2017 01/03/2017 44
Portlaoise 13/02/2017 21/04/2017 68
Portlaoise 01/02/2017 10/05/2017 99
Portlaoise 13/02/2017 15/07/2017 152
Portlaoise 15/03/2017 11/07/2017 116
Portlaoise 01/06/2017 01/09/2017 90
Portlaoise Total 6
Wheatfield 23/03/2017 28/07/2017 125
Wheatfield 13/02/2017 15/07/2017 152
Wheatfield 28/03/2017 09/06/2017 71
Wheatfield 16/06/2017 17/12/2017 181
Wheatfield Total 4
2018
Castlerea 23/01/2018 31/03/2018 68
Castlerea 23/01/2018 31/03/2018 68
Castlerea Total 2
Cloverhill 21/05/2018 21/05/2018 0
Cloverhill 08/01/2018 02/02/2018 24
Cloverhill 26/02/2018 21/05/2018 85
Cloverhill Total 3
Cork 25/01/2018 08/05/2018 103
Cork Total 1
Midlands 20/02/2018 07/03/2018 17
Midlands 20/03/2018 15/05/2018 55
Midlands Total 2
Mountjoy 12/04/2018 16/05/2018 34
Mountjoy 12/01/2018 19/02/2018 37
Mountjoy 06/03/2018 16/04/2018 40
Mountjoy Total 3
Portlaoise 12/01/2018 09/05/2018 117
Portlaoise Total 1
Wheatfield 31/01/2018 04/05/2018 94
Wheatfield Total 1