Government presses on with ‘super-prison’ plan

The government is pushing ahead with the Thornton Hall prison project in two phases that will be funded through a public-private partnership (PPP) model, writes John Burke.

24th October, 2009

However, the first inmates will not be housed in the prison until at least 2013,under the revised plan. The project will commence with preliminary works in early 2010 and tenders being invited for a main accommodation block to hold up to 2,200 prisoners by late next year.

The state abandoned an earlier attempt to hire a private consortium to build and maintain the jail.

The pension fund plan would have involved making repayments over a short timeframe,...

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