Saturday 29 October 2016

'Tighty whities' for inmates as prison bosses spend €1.1m on clothing

David Kearns

Published 24/09/2015 | 10:29

Mountjoy prison (Stock photo)
Mountjoy prison (Stock photo)

It is briefs not boxers for Irish prisoners as the Prison Service splashes out €1.1 million on for white Y-fronts and other clothing for inmates.

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The Irish Prison Service is seeking to supply prisoners with clothing for the next three years, reports the Irish Daily Star.

Despite not requiring inmates to wear particular clothing, the IDS has asked the Office of Public Procurement to tender for a number of clothing items, including some 29,178 white Y-fronts, 20,844 white vests, and 13,680 black socks.

Also being sought is 3,690 runner shoes, 7560 green polo shirts, and 1350 anoraks.

There is no standard clothing uniform in Irish prison but inmates coming into the system can avail of clothing provided by the prison service.

They can also request additional items during cold weather, reports the Irish Daily Star.

The office of Public Procurement has been asked by the IDS to also tender for some 4,968 light grey tracksuits bottoms, alongside 2,268 light grey tracksuit tops.

Sure to be in demand among Ireland’s 3,982 prison population will be pyjamas and dressing gowns, as the IPS has only requested 180 of each.

According to the tender, the packs of white Y-fronts must come in small, medium, large… all the way up to 3XL size.

The briefs “must” be washable at 60 degrees, it adds.

Noting the €1.1 million cost, the IPS says: “tenderers must understand that this figure is an estimate based on current and future expected usage.”

The new clothing when delivered will be split among all Irish prisons.

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