Christmas release granted to 113 prisoners
More than one hundred inmates will be temporarily released over Christmas.
The Department of Justice and Equality confirmed 113 prisoners will be granted temporary release for between a few hours and seven nights.
The inmates will be subject to "stringent conditions", and will be arrested and returned to prison by gardaí if those conditions are broken.
Last year, 137 prisoners were granted temporary release. The department said many of those considered for temporary release are "nearing the end of their sentences" with a number of considerations including offence, behaviour in custody and previous record looked at.
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All victims registered with the Irish Prison Service victim liaison service will be informed of prisoners receiving temporary release.
"In addition to compassionate and humane considerations, other criteria taken into account include the nature and gravity of the offence, length of sentence served to date, prior record on temporary release, behaviour while in custody and previous criminal history," a Department spokesperson said.
"The sensitivities of victims has also been taken into account in detailed submissions to the minister by the prison management who deal with these offenders day in and day out. In certain cases, additional specific conditions will apply in relation to cases with significant victim impact. All registered victims with the Irish Prison Service victim liaison service will be informed."
Meanwhile, four prisoners gained access to the roof of Mountjoy Prison last night where they remained for a number of hours.
The prisoners, who are understood to be protesting their restricted visiting hours, climbed onto the roof of the Dublin prison's kitchen.
Incident negotiators talked with them for a number of hours in an attempt to resolve the incident.