198. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if it is envisaged that transfers from the Irish Prison Service to other areas of his Department will cease upon the new reorganisation of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19903/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Prison Service Staff)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Plans to establish the Irish Prison Service (IPS) as a scheduled office that will also incorporate administrative staff currently employed in my Department are well advanced. Under these arrangements departmental staff in Longford will transfer to the IPS under a transfer of function while staff undertaking IPS duties in Dublin will have the option of being reassigned to other divisions of my Department based in Dublin.
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461. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a person who is rejected for employment in the Irish Prison Service on mental health grounds may seek and submit a second opinion as part of his or her appeal of that decision; and if not, the reason therefor. (Question 35215/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Prison Service Staff)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can advise the Deputy that I have been informed by the Irish Prison Service that there is an automatic internal medical review of medical evidence of a candidate who is deemed medically unfit at pre-employment and candidates are free to submit additional medical evidence as part of their original job application. There is no appeal mechanism around pre-employment assessments.
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