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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Revealed: How much prisons are set to spend on socks, jocks and dressing gowns for inmates

Martin Grant

Published 13/09/2016 | 02:30

The contract for clothing includes supplying tracksuits, dressing gowns and underpants for 4,212 prisoners over the next three years. (Stock photo)
The contract for clothing includes supplying tracksuits, dressing gowns and underpants for 4,212 prisoners over the next three years. (Stock photo)

Prison chiefs have agreed to spend €548,000 on clothing for inmates.

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The contract for clothing includes supplying tracksuits, dressing gowns and underpants for 4,212 prisoners over the next three years.

Earlier this year the Irish Prison Service (IPS) invited businesses across the country to submit a proposal if they were interested in supplying prisoner clothing.

Although most of the country's inmates are not required to wear prison clothing, the prison service sought a number of items.

Over the next three years thousands of Y-front briefs and socks will be shipped to prisons around the country.

Prisoners can expect green polo shirts and white vests as well as runners, and tracksuits are expected to come on stream over the next three years.

The massive order will cater for prisoners of all shapes and sizes all the way up to 3XL.

The clothing will be supplied to Mountjoy, Cloverhill, Portlaoise, Limerick Prison as well as The Dochas Centre, Arbour Hill and Shelton Abbey have also been chosen to receive new clothing.

Bidders were reminded that should they be successful in the contract, their workers maybe have to undergo "routine garda and prison service security clearance procedures".

A prison service spokesman said that prisoners are allowed to wear their own clothing subject to a number of conditions regarding "cleanliness, warmth and health".

Irish Independent

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