Investigations into covert prison surveillance claims

Date Published : February 16th, 2019    Published By : admin

The Operational Support Group of the Irish Prison Service employed two private investigation firms in 2011 and 2012.

Investigations are continuing into claims that prison officers were tracked and monitored during covert surveillances on Irish prisons. An Irish Examiner report reveals that the Irish Prison Service paid nearly €30,000 to two private investigation firms, who were employed by the service in 2011 and 2012.

At a Public Accounts Committee meeting, Aidan O’Driscoll, Secretary General at the Department of Justice said he wasn’t in a position to confirm whether the money was for covert surveillance. “It is not possible from the information available to determine if these payments relate to the surveillance of prison staff. However, a copy of the invoices concerned have been forwarded to the Inspector of Prisons as part of her ongoing investigation.”

The records show one firm was paid €18,228 over the two years, while a second received €10,774 in 2011.

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD is expected to receive a report on the matter by the end of the month.

960 Irish Prison Service
Photo: Irish Prison Services

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