Figures provided by Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, show that just 10 — or under 3% — of the 352 prisoners serving life sentences are women.
Nine of the 10 female ‘lifers’ are at the Dochas prison, on the Mountjoy campus, with the remaining female serving her term at Limerick prison.
Charlotte Mulhall is serving a life term for the murder and dismemberment of Farah Swaleh Noor, in 2005. She is in the Dochas women’s prison in Dublin.
Ms Mulhall was last year joined there by Marta Herda (29), after she received a life term for the murder of Csaba Orsos (31), whom she drowned by driving her car off a pier.
Another woman serving a life sentence for murder is Lithuanian-born nurse, Greta Dudko, who received a life term in 2014 for murdering her mother, Anna Butautiene (55), on Christmas Eve, 2010.
A sizeable portion of the 342 men serving life sentences are have murdered women, including sadistic killer, Graham Dwyer, who was jailed in 2015 for life for the murder of Elaine O’Hara.
In the figures provided by Minister Fitzgerald, the largest number (79) of those serving life are located at Dwyer’s Midlands prison.
There are 71 ‘lifers’ behind bars at Wheatfield prison, in Dublin, with 16 serving their time at the open prison, Shelton Abbey, where they enjoy a relaxed regime. Prisoners there are regarded as requiring low levels of security.
A number of the ‘lifers’ at Shelton Abbey are coming to the end of their terms.
An additional 12 ‘lifers’ are serving the final portion of their prison terms at another open prison, Loughan House.
Murderers receive an automatic life sentence, while sentences up to life also apply to those commit rape and robbery.
There are 24 people serving life at Portlaoise prison.
There are 41 serving life at Mountjoy prison; 39 at Arbour Hill; 16 at Castlerea prison; 15 at the Training Unit in Mountjoy, and the same number at Cork prison.
The Minister also confirmed that there are 11 serving life at Limerick male prison and three at Cloverhill prison.
In the same Dáil reply, Minister Fitzgerald said that seven ‘lifers’ were last year placed on temporary release, having served an average of 22 years in jail.
This follows six ‘lifers’ receiving temporary release in 2015, when the average time served was 17 years and six months.
In 2014, four ‘lifers’ were released on temporary release and the average time they had served in jail was 17 years and six months.