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    DFA increases grant to Prisoners Overseas Hardship Fund

    By Noreen Bowden | August 12, 2008

    The Department of Foreign Affairs has approved a grant of €30,000 to assist Irish citizens in overseas jails.  This figure is a twice that approved last year to the Irish Commission for Prisoners Overseas Hardship Fund.  The money is used to provide assistance to Irish prisoners serving time or awaiting trial abroad.

    Estimates of the number of Irish prisoners overseas varies: the official estimate is around 800, but it may be as high as 1,200, as many prisoners do not alert Irish authorities. Most of those are in Britain; others are in the US, Spain, and further afield.

    Read the Sunday Business Post article.

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