Ireland spends €40,000 a year on footballs for prisoners
THE Irish Examiner reports that the Irish Government spends €40,000 every year on footballs for prisoners. Why so much? Well, many of the ball gets impaled on razor wire. It’s almost as if – as if! – the lags are aiming for it.
As a result, the Irish Prison Service has spent 130,000 euros on footballs for prisoners over the last three years.
The paper’s Freedom of Information request revealed that at Cloverhill Prison, the “position of razor wire leads to a couple of balls being destroyed in each yard per day”. Two a day. Or one-all, as the competing teams put it.
A spokesman for the Irish Prison Service notes that exercise is “incredibly important”:
“The footballs are light to minimise potential injuries to staff and prisoners. This means they do tend to get destroyed.”
Why not teach them a different sport? High jumping, perhaps or the pole vault?
Note: Matt Holland has never been imprisoned.