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270. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the conditions remand prisoners are kept in; the entitlements prisoners while on remand to visits, wearing their own clothes and exercise and so on. [28077/18]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I wish to advise the Deputy that the detention of unconvicted prisoners is conducted in accord with SI 252 of 2007 (the Prison Rules) which outlines the various entitlements of such prisoners, including clothing, family visits, professional visits. Full details on the range of such entitlements are contained in the SI 252 of 2007 (the Prison Rules) which are available on the Irish Prison Service website www.irishprisons.ie.
I wish to further advise the Deputy that, insofar as is operationally possible, the majority of unconvicted prisoners are held in Cloverhill Prison. However, prisoners are also transferred to other prisons in order to alleviate overcrowding in that prison.