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#Prison Officers Association

# prison-officers-association - Friday 26 July, 2019

'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-officers-association - Thursday 2 May, 2019

'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.

# prison-officers-association - Thursday 19 April, 2018

'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.

# prison-officers-association - Thursday 27 April, 2017

'Staff who have been seriously assaulted cannot get a conviction': Prison officers call for more support

POA general secretary John Clinton said that reduced staffing levels were increasing the risk for serving officers.

# prison-officers-association - Friday 29 April, 2016

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.

# prison-officers-association - Thursday 28 April, 2016

'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.

# prison-officers-association - Wednesday 4 November, 2015

Prison officers admit they don't know what to do with prison gangs

“This is the problem – the kind of control these people have over the general population.”

# prison-officers-association - Wednesday 10 June, 2015

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.

# prison-officers-association - Saturday 16 May, 2015

Officers stabbed by escaped prisoner Derek Brockwell receive letter about their sick leave

The Prison Officers Association is calling for open sick leave for prison officers injured in the course of their duties.

# prison-officers-association - Saturday 9 May, 2015

New sniffer dogs for Irish jails as gang leaders continue to profit from drugs behind bars

More sniffer dogs and a confidential helpline are being introduced to target drugs in Irish jails.

# prison-officers-association - Friday 8 May, 2015

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.

# prison-officers-association - Thursday 7 May, 2015

Prisoner who attacked officers 150 times got a birthday cake while on punishment

There was anger at the Prison Officers Association conference today.

# prison-officers-association - Wednesday 18 February, 2015

Derek Brockwell: Search for 'violent, hardened criminal' continues, as Minister orders full report

The two prison officers stabbed by Brockwell as he made his escape are said to be recovering well in hospital.

# prison-officers-association - Tuesday 18 November, 2014

'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”.

# prison-officers-association - Thursday 18 September, 2014

Both sides 'disappointed' as officers picket outside Cloverhill prison

The officers claim staffing levels are dangerously low.

# prison-officers-association - Friday 3 May, 2013

The Evening Fix… now with added Daft Punk on piano

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

Prison officers: 'We can't deal with 16-year-olds - we're not child carers'

The Prison Officers Association says members need special training to deal with underage inmates – and they don’t get it.

# prison-officers-association - Monday 18 February, 2013

'We have no more to give': Over 3,000 attend Frontline services rally

Unions representing prison workers, hospital staff, ambulance workers and Gardaí attend a major rally in Tallaght.

# prison-officers-association - Friday 27 April, 2012

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.

# prison-officers-association - Saturday 28 May, 2011

Column: Our degrading prison system is a shameful vision of the past

Our jails haven’t changed all that much since the damp corridors of Kilmainham – and visitors lose their dignity almost as much as inmates, writes court reporter Abigail Rieley.

# prison-officers-association - Friday 6 May, 2011

Dáil will delay summer break to pass new prison laws

Alan Shatter says new legislation to reduce the prison population will be passed by the end of July.