Written Answers. - Subversive Prisoners.

Wednesday, 4 July 1990

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 401 No. 1

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  71.  Miss Quill  Information on Máirín Quill  Zoom on Máirín Quill   asked the Minister for Justice  Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke   if he will give the total number of subversive prisoners currently serving sentences in the following categories (1) under one year (2) between one and four years (3) between five and nine years (4) between ten and 19 years (5) over 20 years and (6) life.

  72.  Miss Quill  Information on Máirín Quill  Zoom on Máirín Quill   asked the Minister for Justice  Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke   if he will give a breakdown of the number of subversive prisoners serving sentences and whether they were born in the Republic of Ireland, in Northern Ireland or elsewhere.

Minister for Justice (Mr. Burke): Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  I propose to take Questions Nos. 71 and 72 together. The term “subversive prisoner” is not sufficiently precise to enable detail of the type requested in these questions to be compiled with precision and in any event the work required for an exercise of this nature would involve the expenditure of prison officer and departmental staff time to an extent that could not be warranted.


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