Saturday 1 November 2014

Recession nibbles away at Mountjoy tuck-shop profits

Gordon Deegan

Published 08/04/2014 | 02:30

Mountjoy Prison,Dublin where Gardai and the Prison Service are investigating a fire at the Prison which led to five inmates being taken to hospital.
Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Mountjoy Prison, Dublin

BUMPER sales of cheese-and-onion crisps and bottles of Coca Cola were not enough to prevent profits tumbling at the tuck shop at Mountjoy Prison.

New figures show that the prison system's busiest tuck shop felt the chill winds of the recession last year as profits decreased by 49pc from €124,823 to €63,451.

The figures were released in response to a Freedom of Information request. Last March, wholesaler BWG scooped the lucrative contract to supply goods to tuck shops across the prison system with its estimated value being €24m over two years.

Prisoners receive a weekly gratuity from the Prison Service ranging from €6.65 to €15.40. They can also receive money from relatives.

No money changes hands between the prison officers manning the hatch at the tuck shops, with all transactions done on account.

Irish Independent

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