Portlaoise and Midlands Prisons merge

The Irish Prison Service have announced that Portlaoise’s two prisons have merged to form the Portlaoise Prison Campus.

The Irish Prison Service have announced that Portlaoise’s two prisons have merged to form the Portlaoise Prison Campus.

A new Governer, Martin Mullen, has been appointed to oversee both prisons, which the Prison Service say will save them money in management costs.

“Both prisons will still operate as normal. This comes from the Croke Park Agreement, and is the start of campus structures. The service is undergoing a task review, and transformations are ongoing in all prisons,” a spokesperson said.

A grade 2 Governer and management teams will be in charge of each prison.

Portlaoise Prison is a high security jail holding up to 399 prisoners. The newer Midlands Prison has medium security status and holds 650 prisoners, both are on the same Dublin Road site in Portlaoise.

There will be shared services between the two prisons on the Campus.

In a similar move, Mountjoy, the Dochas Centre, St Patrick’s Institution and the Training Unit have merged to form the Mountjoy Prison Campus, and Wheatfield and Cloverhill Prisons have also merged to form the West Dublin Prison Campus.  

More in next week’s Leinster Express.