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87. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prison places available in prisons nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21310/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware the Irish Prison Service collates and publishes the prisoner population breakdown on a daily basis and this information is available on the Irish Prison Service website www.irishprisons.ie. This breakdown includes the number of prisoners incarcerated and the bed capacity in each prison. The information can be found in the Information Centre – under Statistics & Information – Daily Prisoner Population.
The Irish Prison Service also collates a quarterly census on cell occupancy and this information is also available on the Irish Prison Service website www.irishprisons.ie. The information can be found in the Information Centre – under Statistics & Information – Census Reports.