S.I. No. 224/1960 - Saint Patrick's Institution Regulations, 1960.

S.I. No. 224 of 1960.


I, OSCAR TRAYNOR, Minister for Justice, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 4 of the Prevention of Crime Act, 1908, and section 13 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1960 (No. 27 of 1960), hereby make the following regulations:

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Saint Patrick's Institution Regulations, 1960.

2. The Interpretation Act, 1937 (No. 38 of 1937), applies to these Regulations.

3. In these Regulations—

"the Committee" means the Saint Patrick's Visiting Committee provided for under Regulation 9 of these Regulations;

"inmate" means a person serving a sentence of detention in the Institution and includes a person transferred to the Institution under section 3 of the Prevention of Crime Act, 1908;

"the Institution" means Saint Patrick's Institution;

"the Minister" means the Minister for Justice.

4. An inmate shall, in so far as the length of his sentence permits, be given such training and instruction and be subjected to such disciplinary and moral influences as will conduce to his reformation and the prevention of crime.

5. An inmate shall, save in such exceptional circumstances as may be specified by the Minister, wear clothing provided pursuant to the directions of the Minister.

6.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2) of this Regulation an inmate shall be—

(a) allowed such regular physical recreation and exercise, and

(b) given such regular physical training,

as may be necessary to promote his health and physical well-being.

(2) If the medical officer of the Institution considers that an inmate is unfit to be allowed physical recreation or exercise or to be given physical training, he shall not be allowed such recreation or exercise or be given such training.

7. If the Governor of the Institution is of opinion that the receipt of letters and visits and the writing of letters by an inmate in addition to those permitted apart from this Regulation will promote the social rehabilitation of the inmate, he may permit the inmate to receive so many letters and visits in addition to those permitted as aforesaid, and to write so many letters in addition to those permitted as aforesaid, as he thinks proper.

8. An inmate whose period of detention, whether on foot of one sentence or cumulative sentences, exceeds one month shall be eligible to earn by industry and good conduct a remission of a portion of the period of detention not exceeding one-fourth of the period of detention, provided that the remission so granted does not result in the inmate being discharged from the Institution before he has served one month of the sentence or sentences.

9.—(1) There shall be constituted a visiting committee for the Institution to be known as the Saint Patrick's Visiting Committee.

(2) The Committee shall consist of such number of responsible persons, not being less than six, as the Minister shall think proper from time to time.

(3) Each member of the Committee shall be appointed by the Minister and shall hold office for such period not exceeding three years as the Minister shall think proper and shall specify when appointing him.

(4) No person, other than a member of Dáil Éireann or Seanad Éireann, who is in receipt of a salary paid out of the Central Fund or out of monies provided by the Oireachtas shall be appointed a member of the Committee.

(5) The Committee shall, in relation to inmates and the Institution, have and perform the duties and have and exercise the powers and functions imposed or conferred, as the case may be, on visiting committees in relation to prisoners and prisons by or under the Prisons (Visiting Committees) Act, 1925 (No. 11 of 1925).

(6) For the purposes of this Regulation, each person who, immediately before the date of the making of these Regulations, is a member of the visiting committee to Saint Patrick's Institution shall be deemed to have been appointed under this Regulation to be a member of the Saint Patrick's Visiting Committee and shall hold office as such member until the expiration of the period for which he would, but for Regulation 11 of these Regulations, have held office as a member of the committee aforesaid.

10. So much of the Rules for the Government of Prisons, 1947 (S.R. & O., No. 320 of 1947), and the Rules for the Government of Prisons, 1955 ( S.I. No. 127 of 1955 ), as are made under the Prisons Acts, 1826 to 1956, shall, in so far as they are not inconsistent with these Regulations, apply and have effect in relation to inmates and the Institution in like manner as they apply and have effect in relation to prisoners and prisons.

11. The Regulations with respect to Borstal Institutions for males in Ireland made on the 19th day of July, 1909 (S.R. & O., No. 1371 of 1909), are hereby revoked.

GIVEN under my Official Seal, this 7th day of November, 1960.


Minister for Justice.


These Regulations provide for the rule and management of and the constitution of a visiting committee for Saint Patrick's Institution, North Circular Road, Dublin, and for the treatment of offenders detained therein.