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There are 62 republican prisoners being held at present in Irish prisons

The average person is in custody in Portlaoise Prison for over 8 months.

AS OF THE end of January, there are 62 Republican subversive prisoners being held in Irish prisons.

Answering a parliamentary question from Éamon Ó Cuív on the number of republican prisoners serving sentences in Ireland, the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said that as of 29 January 2014, there are 62 in custody in the prison estate.

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He added that there are 14 awaiting trial. The remainder have already been sentenced.

Of the 14 that are awaiting trial, the average person is in custody for over 8 months. The longest someone has been held in custody of these 14, is 14 months. The breakdown can be seen below:

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Shatter said that “subversive prisoners” are are located in the maximum security Portlaoise Prison which, in addition to the usual perimeter security, has an armed military presence.

He added that his officials closely monitor this category of prisoner to ensure good order and security in Portlaoise Prison and also in the context of the individual prisoners sentence management.

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