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Riot officers deployed at Portlaoise Prison after dissident republicans 'protest living conditions'

The protest started at around midday today.

Portlaoise Prison.
Portlaoise Prison.
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DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN PRISONERS and prison officers were locked in a stand off this afternoon after a number of inmates “protested their living conditions”.

The incident started at around midday today when a number of people housed on the E3 and E4 wings began a demonstration. Republican sources have told TheJournal.ie that they were protesting over their living conditions and demanded that they be treated as political and not criminal prisoners.

There were fears that the demonstration could have turned violent and a number of prison officers in riot gear confronted the inmates. The prison was then placed in lockdown.

This resulted in a number of republican prisoners being unable to visit their families.

The demonstration ended at around half four this afternoon.

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