Statement from Prison Officers Association, 23rd May 2015
The Prison Officers Association is deeply concerned about the petrol bombing of a prison officers car outside her home in Cork last night (early this am). The car was completely destroyed in the attack, which follows on from a similar petrol bomb attack recently on the same car, which failed to ignite. The POA is in contact with the officer who has been the subject of this outrageous attack.
John Clinton, General Secretary of the Prison Officers Association, said today, “All of us are deeply concerned about this attack on a prison officer, which has now become such a regular occurrence. This attack must be viewed in the context of the wider recent picture of serious stabbings of prison officers at Tallaght Hospital and at Mountjoy and Midlands prisons. These high profile assaults are just part of the picture – every day there is some level of assault on prison officers as they carry out their duties. As we stressed at our recent annual conference; there must be an independent evaluation of the current risk to prison officers – and some concrete action must be taken to reduce the number of assaults and increase safety. If some action is not taken we are going to have a tragedy on our hands and that is the reality we are now facing”
Clinton went on to say, “We must now publicly ask the Director General of Irish Prison Service what measures he now plans to put in place to protect his staff – and ask why he himself hasn’t met us on related matters recently?.