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Prison staff will be subject to random drug testing under new scheme

20/04/2022

Around 5% of all prison staff will be subject to random tests for illegal drugs each year under a new scheme being introduced by the Irish Prison Service (IPS).

The IPS has published a tender seeking to award a contract to a company to carry out illicit substance testing across the country’s 12 adult prisons.

The winning bidder has been informed that it will be required to carry out approximately 200 tests on staff in prisons per annum.

Prison Staff Drug Testing
Around 5% of all prison staff will be subject to random tests for illegal drugs each year under a new scheme being introduced by the Irish Prison Service (IPS). Pic: Shutterstock

In addition, it is envisaged that 200 tests will be carried out annually on people who have applied to work with the IPS.

There will also be around 100 ‘reactive’ tests conducted each year where testers will be required to attend prisons within 90 minutes of being called.

The tender did not specify which drugs will be tested for and if they will include alcohol.

Prison Staff Drug Testing
The IPS has published a tender seeking to award a contract to a company to carry out illicit substance testing across the country’s 12 adult prisons. Pic: Shutterstock

The latest figures show around 3,295 people work in the country’s ten closed prisons and two open prisons.

There were record levels of drug seizures in Irish prisons in recent years with an average of over 1,200 detections of illegal substances per annum with three prisons – Wheatfield, Mountjoy and Cloverhill – accounting for approximately three-quarters of all seizures.


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