238. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the manner in which a person (details supplied) was dismissed from the Civil Service; his further views on the expectation that rules, regulation, circulars and an injury warrant including amendments were adhered to regarding an incident on 18 May 1988 at Portlaoise Prison; if he or the State has a duty of care in respect of this person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53520/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Director General of the Irish Prison Service that, as per Parliamentary Question No. 93 of 22 November 2018, the then Director General of the Irish Prison Service reviewed the file relating to the person named in 2017 and was satisfied that proper procedures were followed in relation to his dismissal.
I am further advised by the Director General of the Irish Prison Service that according to records available relating to the incident which occurred 30 years ago, there is no indication that rules, regulations and circulars were not adhered to.
Furthermore, the Irish Prison Service does not hold any record in respect of the named person of an application for an annual allowance under the Injury Warrants regulations. Matters relating to Injury Warrants come within the responsibility of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The Civil Service Injury Warrants are a series of statutory instruments made under the Superannuation Acts. They provide additional benefits over and above normal pension entitlements, to or in respect of officers who, through no fault of their own, are killed or injured in the performance of their duties. The injury must be attributable to the nature of their duties. An annual allowance may be granted to an officer who has retired on grounds of ill health as a result of their injuries, or in respect of an officer who dies within 7 years and as a result of the injury.