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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Prison Service

All time
# Mountjoy Prison
Gardaí advised to stay away from Mountjoy Prison due to active Covid-19 outbreak
The direction was given by garda management as prison authorities seek to halt the spread of the virus.
Gardaí cannot interview prisoners as part of investigations as authorities deal with the prison outbreak, Niall O'Connor reports.
There are 19 prisoners with confirmed Covid-19 infections while at least nine prison staff have also tested positive.
The Prison Service is now awaiting a further series of tests to determine the spread of the infection.
# Coronavirus
Three prisoners in Portlaoise and Mountjoy test positive for Covid-19
The prison service is making arrangements for mass testing of prisoners and staff in both locations.
# Cloverhill
'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.
# Prison Service
'Mind-boggling': Department can't say whether payments to firm were for surveillance of prison staff
The prison service paid two private security companies over a two-year period.
'If prison does not serve and rehabilitate offenders, they will return to life as before, or worse'
I think some people baulk a little when they hear reports of major improvements being made to prison conditions, and of resources being spent on education and training, writes Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan.
# violent attacks
'Things are not getting better': Prison officers say they're attacked a lot more than official stats say
Jim Mitchell, from the Prison Officers’ Association. has said the official figures “don’t reflect” the situation on the ground.
# outta here
Over 7,000 Irish prisoners got out on early release this year
Statistics contained in the CSO showed 45% of prisoners reoffended within three years.
# on the frontline
'We come together in the most distressing situations': Hundreds to take part in emergency services parade
The annual parade and gala will focus on safety and will also pay tribute to members of the services who lost their lives in the line of duty.
# Prison
Hostage situation at Cloverhill may have been attempt to make claim against State
An inmate who held another hostage in a cell was given a three and a half year sentence today.
# crackdown
Here's how repeat offenders causing 'havoc' are going to be tackled
Gardaí, the Irish Prison Service, and the Probation Service are joining forces on the initiative.
# gang culture
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.
# Stranded
Inmates in Mountjoy formed pyramid in yard to help prisoner reach drugs
The inmate consumed the drugs while he was up there and was unable to get back down.
# Portlaoise
Prisoner found dead in Midlands Prison cell
It’s the second death of a prisoner in 24 hours.
# wheatfield
Prisoner stabbed in head with 'sharpened spoon' in serious condition
The prisoner lost a huge amount of blood in the attack.
# Service
'No special honours' for soldiers, prison staff, gardaí who served during The Troubles
One TD thinks there should be.
# Attack
Two prison officers receive slash wounds in inmate attack at Mountjoy Prison
The prisoner used an improvised weapon.
# suspected overdoses
Inmates found dead at two Irish prisons over Christmas period
Prisoners died at Limerick Prison and at Wheatfield in Dublin. It’s believed they suffered drug overdoses.
# industrial non-relations
Both sides 'disappointed' as officers picket outside Cloverhill prison
The officers claim staffing levels are dangerously low.
# New Job
New governor appointed to Mountjoy Prison
Brian Murphy will take up his new role in September.
# there are loads
From GSOC to asylum seekers, what are Ireland's human rights failings?
And we have to address them all before a United Nations committee next month.
# Irish Prison Service
Call for Ombudsman as prison officers subjected to 'malicious' complaints
The Prison Officers Association has noted that the majority of complaints are not upheld.
# Gary Douch
Death of Gary Douch, killed in Mountjoy, was "avoidable and should not have happened"
A report into Douch’s death was published today and outlined systemic failures in the management of the man who killed him.
# Prisongate
Conversations between 84 prisoners and their solicitors were ‘inadvertently recorded’
New revelations about recordings have been disclosed by the Taoiseach in the Dáil today.
# Cork
Concerned Cork residents say new prison will overshadow their homes
The Director General of the Irish Prison Service Michael Donnellan said the residents were fully consulted about the construction plans for the new prison.
# Human Rights
Human rights training course launched for prison staff
The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, welcomed the training course at the Irish Prison Service College in Portlaoise.
# officer naughty
Sneak peek at the raunchy Irish Prison Service 2014 Calendar
Prisoner Cell Block HOT!
# Equality Tribunal
Prison officer recovering from cancer awarded €80,000 in employment tribunal case
The Equality Tribunal has found that the Prison Service did not have “fair and transparent” selection processes in place.
# Young offenders
“The culture has not changed” – St Patrick’s Institution finally gets closed down
The head of the Irish Prison Service said that the safety of young offenders cannot be guaranteed at St Patrick’s.
# on the run
Killer on the run after making escape while visiting sick father in hospital
Christopher Doyle was previously given a 12 year sentence for the manslaughter of Co Meath pensioner, Patrick Logan.
# Industrial Action
Dublin gardaí plan work-to-rule for next week
The rank-and-file gardaí also agreed not to work in prisons if prison officers go on strike.
# Prison
Report asks for more supports for children with parents in prison
The Irish Penal Reform Trust has made a number of recommendations about the rights and needs of families of prisoners.
# Northern Ireland
Hillary Clinton calls killing of David Black "outrageous and cowardly act"
The US Secretary of State praised the swift efforts of the PSNI in trying to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Column: Politicians have no place in deciding who gets freed from prison
Our early release system badly needs an overhaul, writes Liam Herrick of the Irish Penal Reform Trust.
# Out of jail
Double killer Malcolm MacArthur released after 30 years
MacArthur was jailed in 1982 after he killed a nurse in the Phoenix Park and shot dead a farmer.
# Young offenders
'Disturbing issues' uncovered by probe of St Patrick's youth institution
The Inspector of Prisons is undertaking a “far reaching” inquiry into the institution, where 16 and 17-year-olds are held.
# Hunger Strike
Israeli court rejects hunger-strikers' appeal
Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh have been striking for more than 70 days. They are among more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners who are currently on hunger strike.
# Prisons
Dramatic 45 per cent increase in numbers sent to prison
However, the number of prison staff has actually fallen over the last five years.
# Tagging
Electronic monitoring of prisoners to be introduced
The Irish Prison Service has put the contract to provide the system out to tender.
# Weapons
More than 15,000 contraband items seized in Irish prisons
In the past two years, almost 3,000 weapons have been confiscated from prisoners, including homemade items such as sharpened toothbrushes and pool balls in socks.