The Prison Officers’ Association represents Prison Officers in the 26 Counties of the Republic of Ireland. The Association represents grades from Prison Officer up to and including Deputy Governor. The Association has a Branch structure in each prison/place of detention. It also has a National structure with a National Executive Council and an Administrative Council. The Association’s headquarters are at 18, Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
The Association is administered on a day to day basis by the Administrative Council (National Officers) of the Prison Officers’ Association. All representatives including Local Branch Representatives and National Officers of the Association are democratically elected by the membership to represent the Membership with the exception of the full time National Officers which are the General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary and the 2 Assistant General Secretaries whose positions are filled by way of open competition.
Prison Officers are an integral part of the Irish Criminal Justice System. The primary role of Prison Officers is the safe custody of persons committed to prison by the courts.
Aims and Objectives
As with any trade union the Prison Officers’ Association is concerned with the pay and conditions of its’ members. The work of Prison Officers is difficult and often dangerous. Prison Officers perform a task on behalf of society in caring for those committed to prison by the courts.
The Prison Officers’ Association was founded in 1947 and represents all grades in the Prison Service from Prison Officer up to and including the rank of Deputy Governor. Therefore, the Association represents approximately 98% of all those who work in prisons. The Prison Officers’ Association holds a negotiating license (granted in 1988) on behalf of the grades it represents and has full Trade Union status. The Prison Officers’ Association is affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
Prison Officers work in a Service that is a cornerstone of the Irish Criminal Justice System. Prison Officers come across many different situations in their daily working lives that other members of society do not come across. These include incidents of suicide and self-mutilation, needle stick injuries and many other varied situations. There are many different aspects to the work of prison officers.
At National Level the Administrative Council is made up of 8 National Officers. The Administrative Council is responsible for the day to day running of the Prison Officers’ Association. The Administrative Council is made up of 4 full time Officers (General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary, and the 2 Assistant General Secretaries) and 4 part time Officers (President, Vice President, General Treasurer and Information Officer). The chief negotiators of the Prison Officers’ Association are the General Secretary and the Deputy General Secretary.
Prison Officers’ Association National Officers
|Mr. John Clinton||General Secretary|
|Mr. Jim Mitchell||Deputy General Secretary|
|Mr. Gabriel Keaveny||Assistant General Secretary|
|Mr. Karl Dalton||Assistant General Secretary|
|Mr. Stephen Delaney||President|
|Mr. Declan Mullally||Vice President|
|Mr. Tom Delaney||General Treasurer|
|Mr. Paul Purcell||Information Officer|
National Executive Council
In the absence of Annual Delegate Conference and/or Special Delegate Conference the decision making mechanism of the Prison Officers’ Association is the National Executive Council which meets on a regular basis. The National Executive Council is made of the 8 National Officers and the Chairperson of each Branch. Any decision ratified at the National Executive Council Meetings is carried out by the Administrative Council. There are Branches of the Prison Officers’ Association in each prison/place of detention in the Republic of Ireland as directed by the National Executive Council.
Structure at Local Level
|Branch Chairperson||National Executive Council Member|
|Branch Secretary||1st Sub National Executive Council Member|
|Branch Treasurer||2nd Sub National Executive Council Member|
4 Committee Members
The chief negotiators at local level are the Branch Chairperson and Branch Secretary.