Below you will find a summary of the Implementation Body’s section on the Irish Prison Service. Please also click on links below to access further information in relation to the Irish Prison Service.
■Staffing levels are now at some 250 below previously agreed levels in the Irish Prison Service.
■Task Reviews are progressing at 5 prison complexes and the savings agreed to date are on target for delivery of the overall level of required savings (€21m).
■Agreement has been reached for the introduction of new less costly Prison Administration and Support Officer grades. These new grades will enter service in early 2012 and will significantly reduce the Prison Service staffing cost base.
■Eight existing prisons will be merged into three campuses. Agreement has been reached with the staff associations for the development of new Campus Governance arrangements and shared services at the three major prison complexes (Mountjoy Campus, Midlands Campus and West Dublin Campus). This involves the merger of governance arrangements, management grade staffing and the development of shared services for activities such as administration, maintenance, healthcare etc.