May 30, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the current number of persons incarcerated in Irish prisons; and the number for each of the last five years.
Reply from Minister Alan Shatter: I can inform the Deputy that there were 4,245 persons in custody on 27 May 2013.
A breakdown of the number of persons in custody on the same date for the previous five years is included in the above table.
Dáil Éireann allocates a certain amount of time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during which Deputies may ask questions of Members of the Government relating to Public Affairs connected with their Departments, or on matters of administration for whch they are officially responsible. The Taoiseach answers questions on his own Department on Tuesdays/Wednesdays.