Written Answers - Treatment of Prisoners.

Tuesday, 22 March 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 599 No. 5

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  463.  Mr. J. O’Keeffe  Information on Jim O'Keeffe  Zoom on Jim O'Keeffe   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   the reason for the discrepancy between his reply to Parliamentary Question No. 181 of 3 June 2004 and a statement in the report of the inspection of Castlerea Prison by the Inspector of Prisons and Places of Detention 2004-2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8723/05]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I am informed that a prisoner was placed in the padded cell in Castlerea Prison on 13 June 2004 and remained there under special observations until his admission to the Central Mental Hospital on 8 July 2004. This incident post-dated my previous answer to the House and there is no discrepancy between my original reply and the comments of the Inspector of Prisons and Places of Detention.


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