IT'S 'ice-cream Sunday' for murderers, gangland bosses and other convicts in the country's jails with menus from the country's prisons showing that inmates get served a weekend treat.
New figures show that last year, the Irish Prison Service paid food firms a bumper €8.3m to provide meals to inmates in the prisons.
It was revealed prisoners were treated to ice-cream for dessert on Sunday, March 23 at Mountjoy, Portlaoise, Cork, Shelton Abbey and Castlerea prisons, according to menus released under a Freedom of Information request.
The ice-cream treat followed a Sunday lunch of a chicken supreme (skin on) with pepper sauce, turnips and roast potatoes.
A dish long associated with prison life – porridge – was served earlier that Sunday along with fresh fruit.
The menus from that week also showed convicts received fresh fruit every morning for breakfast along with cereal.
During the week, inmates had weetabix on a Tuesday, cornflakes on a Wednesday and Rice Krispies on a Thursday.
For lunch on Tuesday, March 18, prisoners enjoyed pasta bolognese with mixed vegetables followed by fresh yogurt for dessert.
The following day, inmates had cornflakes with fresh fruit for breakfast and enjoyed coddle made up of sliced sausages, rashers and potatoes and onions and this was served along with mixed veg.
Inmates received fruit for dessert and later a bun burger and coleslaw for tea.
The average daily prison population for 2013 was 4,158 and it costs around €65,000 per prison per year to accommodate prisoners.