ONE of the country's oldest jails is to flush away the daily chore of "slopping out" for inmates with the building of a new state-of-the-art prison.
The Irish Prison Service has invited tenders for the building of a 160-cell jail beside the old Cork Prison as a cut-price alternative to the construction of a new €100m super-prison.
A "restricted" competition will be held to select a suitable contractor for the project, which is planned to be completed by September 2015.
The Prison Service said its overall objective was to modernise the current system and to eliminate the practice of "slopping out" in jails that do not have integral sanitation facilities.
The new addition to Cork will involve a combination of two and three-storey accommodation in two wings on the existing carpark of the jail at Rathmore Road.