A THREE-storey extension is to be added to Dublin's Mountjoy prison. The plans are aimed at alleviating the overcrowding which has blighted conditions at the Victorian complex.
Files lodged with Dublin City Council show the Irish Prison Service wants to construct an education and training facility.
The existing unit is located in cramped surroundings in Mountjoy's basement but, under the proposals, a 1,644sqm extension to the jail's D wing would be built.
The IPS has applied for permission for the three-storey building to "house training and educational facilities for prisoners, as well as ancillary offices and storage".
The plans are part of the complete refurbishment of the jail, which has already seen extensive renovations to other wings, a prison spokesman told the Herald.
"It's for the construction of a new work and training facility to enhance the opportunities for prisoners," he said.
The spokesman could not reveal the projected cost of the plan as it is about go out to tender.
He added: "It's a separate contract (to the renovation work) but it's part of the refurbishment of Mountjoy Prison.
"The final stage is the complete refurbishment of the D wing accommodation."
If approved, it will be the first extension to the 19th century complex in recent years.
The completed €4m refurbishment of the A and B wings consisted of the overhaul of the mechanical and electrical services, as well as the provision of in-cell sanitary facilities to end the controversial practice of slopping out.
The C wing renovation finished last year, with the upgraded section re-opening in March.
The new division includes a dedicated drug-free area on the C3 landing which was introduced as part of enhanced drug treatment services.