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Wednesday 4 October 2023 Dublin: 14°C


This year
Up to 70% of people in Irish prisons have mental health issues, says Prison Officers Association
An anti-torture committee has said it is concerned with the rising number of homeless persons with severe mental health problems in Irish prisons.
Last year
Prison officers launch stinging attack over treatment of staff during Covid-19 pandemic
The Prison Officers’ Association are holding their annual conference in Sligo.
Prison officers call for pay rise as prison service to break away from Department of Justice
The Prison Officers’ Association (POA) began their annual conference in Sligo last night.
'We want to keep him. He needs games' - Klopp on starting Kelleher in Carabao Cup final
The Liverpool boss says ‘there’s no chance of him not playing’ in the decider against Chelsea at the weekend.
All time
'He could have lost his eye': Prison officer injured in assault by inmate at Cloverhill
The Prison Officers Association has called for the provision of protective equipment like batons and pepper spray for staff.
'The danger is unquantifiable': Prison officers say there are 28 gang factions in Mountjoy alone
The POA said prison officers are dealing with assaults on a daily basis.
Experts say fewer young men in Ireland could be a factor in declining prison numbers
There were 77,000 fewer men aged in their 20s in Ireland in 2016 compared to 2006.
'It took six officers to restrain him': Psychoactive legal highs are creeping into Irish prisons
There are fears that these drugs
Security systems installed in homes of Mountjoy prison officers following death threats
Gardai are taking the threats seriously.
'A prisoner will say to you: I know where you live, I’ll burn your house down, I’ll get your kids.’
Prison officers outlined the dangers they face in their day-to-day jobs.
Intimidation and bullying: How Ireland's gangs affect the country's entire prison population
The country’s prison officers want the factions to be segregated.
Violent prisoner getting his own garden also allowed personal, private access to gym and shop
“Is it a holiday in Spain for really maiming or really hurting one of our people?” is a question being asked by officers.
Snapshot of an Irish prison: Officers being slashed and having human excrement thrown at them
The POA says the Prison Service is trying to play down the number of assaults that are taking place on staff.
Officers "on the breadline" because of pay cuts after attacks from prisoners
“Not everybody is going to go into work, open up a cell door on a Monday morning and get hit with a knife in the back of the head.”
'Gangs in prison are controlling the streets on the outside'
The Prison Officers Association is calling for power to be removed from gangs in prison.
Some officers 'turning a blind eye' to growth of criminal gangs in prisons
The Irish Prison Service is being blamed for the growth of criminal gangs in Irish jails.
Prison officers will have to travel hours with inmates if Portlaoise A&E closes
The closure will create additional risks and be more costly, said the POA.
'Dangerous' prisoner has fishtank, Playstation and special brown bread delivered to jail cell
The Prison Officers Association also heard that there are talks about building a garden space for him.
Irish Prison Service: 'It was Swiss roll, not a birthday cake'
The Prison Officers Association says the wrong message is being sent out to prisoners.
Prisoner who attacked officers 150 times got a birthday cake while on punishment
There was anger at the Prison Officers Association conference today.
Six stabbings in six weeks: Prisons are 'the most dangerous workplaces' in Ireland
The Prison Officers Association annual delegate heard that there has been six stabbings in six weeks.
Two prison officers receive slash wounds in inmate attack at Mountjoy Prison
The prisoner used an improvised weapon.
'Luas security guards have better stab vests than prison officers'
A ballot on industrial action will take place next week.
'Turmoil' in jails as prison officers launch industrial action
“Not every other employee has the misfortune of having to work with junkies puking and shitting around the place”.
Call for Ombudsman as prison officers subjected to 'malicious' complaints
The Prison Officers Association has noted that the majority of complaints are not upheld.
The Evening Fix… now with added Daft Punk on piano
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
Emergency workers set for national rally on pay cuts
The 24/7 Frontline Alliance represents gardaí, healthcare workers, prison officers, firefighters and paramedics.
Prison officer 'slashed across face and hands with razor blades'
The Prison Officers Association is warning that overcrowding in prisons makes attacks on other prisoners and prison officers more likely.