ALL of the prisoners allowed out of jail on Christmas parole have returned to their cells on time.
Prison officials acknowledged last night that this was the first time in many years that nobody had breached the regulations governing temporary release.
Usually between two and eight inmates return late after their Christmas break although most eventually make their way back by the middle of January.
This year it was expected that the number of stragglers would rise as the total let out on seasonal parole was 226 offenders, compared with 160 and 134 in the two previous years.
Their period of release ranged from a few hours, accompanied by a responsible person, up to seven nights.
Three quarters of them are serving their sentences in lower security institutions.
The group included Sean Courtney, who is completing a life sentence for the murder of Dublin woman Patricia O'Toole. He was convicted in January 1993 and is currently based at Loughan House in Blacklion, Co Cavan.