Prison Service shells out €550k for inmates’ clothes

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) is shelling out almost €550,000 on over 29,000 white Y-fronts, dressing gowns, polo shirts and other items of clothing for inmates.

The contract awarded to Call Us Ltd from Killybegs, Co Donegal, totals €548,001 and also includes the requirement for pyjamas, and anoraks for 3,791 prisoners.

The IPS is not introducing a prison uniform but all prisoners entering the system have the option of availing of new clothes which will be provided by the prison service.

Prisoners can also apply for new clothing during cold spells, and according to the tender, along with the 29,178 white Y-fronts required, the IPS is also seeking 20,844 white vests and 13,680 pairs of black socks.

The IPS is also seeking 4,968 light grey tracksuit bottoms along with 2,268 light grey tracksuit tops.

The clothes order also includes a requirement for 3,690 pairs of runners, 7,560 green polo shirts, and 1,350 anoraks.

Pyjamas and dressing gowns will be in short supply for inmates with 180 of each included in the tender.

The tender is very specific relating to the large consignment of white Y-fronts, stating that each pair must be individually wrapped and come in S, M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL sizes and be washable at 60C.

The tender also specifies that the pyjamas are to be light blue in colour while the dressing gowns are to be navy blue with light blue stripes, while the runners must be white.

On the anoraks, the tender states that the main outer fabric is to be commercially available anorak waterproof material, and that the anoraks are to be supplied in maroon, brown, and grey colours.

The tender award price has come in well down on the estimated €900,000 cost (excluding 23% Vat) that the IPS projected the order would cost.

However, the IPS stated at the time that “tenderers must understand that this figure is an estimate based on current and future expected usage”.

The delivery locations for the goods are Arbour Hill prison, the Dochas centre, Mountjoy, Cloverhill remand prison, Wheatfield, Shelton Abbey, Loughan House Open centre and prisons Castlerea, Limerick, Portlaoise, and Cork.


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