But a former governor believes rates are still far too low.
Prisoners were paid nearly €2.8 million in pocket money by the state last year.
Inmates in Midlands Prison got nearly €596,000 in total - the highest in the country.
Every prisoner gets a daily allowance of between 95 cents and €2.20, and an extra 50 cents if they work in the jail.
Former Portlaoise and Mountjoy Prison governor, John Lonergan, says the daily rates are far too low: