We must zero in on staff rights
This startling revelation is bound to infuriate most hard-working citizens.
Official figures show loans include €300 for an Xbox at Limerick Prison and €300 for a stereo at Midlands Prison.
And one female prisoner even borrowed €300 cash to buy a dog – possibly for a family member.
Many prison loans, funded by the taxpayer, are used to pay for communions, confirmations and family birthdays.
Most people on the outside have to save for weeks or months to afford these things for their families.
But yet convicts are entitled to apply for an interest-free loan from Irish Prison Service coffers.
Why should the average citizen have to pay for prisoners’ Christmas wish-lists?
The biggest lender was the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise which loaned out a total of €139,880.
While it could be argued learning how to pay back a small loan is part of rehabilitation, many others will reason life is too easy for those inside.
Perhaps teaching prisoners how to earn their luxuries instead of getting them handed to them is the way forward. IF the Government was being paid overtime for the delay in banning zero hours contracts it would be worth a fortune.