Saturday 24 February 2018

200,000 tubs of ice cream for inmates

Gordon Deegan

THE Irish prison service has placed an order for 200,000 tubs of vanilla ice cream so that prisoners won't go without the cooling treat during the summer's hot spells.

Yesterday, demand for ice cream was at its peak from the sweltering heat being experienced by the 4,000-strong prison population. To ensure that there is no break in supply, the Irish Prison Service moved to replenish stocks of vanilla ice cream by placing an order for 200,000 125ml tubs of vanilla-flavoured ice cream.

The order is expected to provide sufficient ice cream supplies for the next 12 months. Figures show that half of the order will be consumed by prisoners in Mountjoy and other prisons in the Dublin region.

The service is seeking 50,000 tubs for prisoners in Portlaoise and the Midlands prisons with 25,000 tubs for prisoners in Cork and Limerick with an additional 25,000 tubs for the prisoners in the north west.

A number of food suppliers are expected to compete for the lucrative ice cream business that forms part of a wider contract to provide a range of frozen foods to the prison service.

Last year, the prison service spent €8.3m on inmates' meals.

Irish Independent

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