Dáil Éireann - Volume 400 - 19 June, 1990

Written Answers. - Whitaker Report.

176. Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Justice whether the recommendations of the Whitaker report, in relation to establishing a systematic therapeutic recovery programme for prisoners who use drugs, have been implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Justice (Mr. Burke): The Whitaker Committee recognised the difficulties of establishing a satisfactory rehabilitation programme for prisoners who use drugs and proposed a number of measures which, they considered, would improve the position. These included [141] more active participation by prison psychiatrists, psychologists and welfare officers in the identification and treatment of those addicted to drugs and closer liaison with drug treatment centres outside the prison system.

As measures of this kind are provided, the recommendations of the committee in this regard have, in effect, been implemented.