The Prison Officers Association (POA) is deeply concerned that two of our colleagues were hospitalised this morning after a most serious assault by a prisoner in Mountjoy prison. The prisoner had been placed in the Challenging Behaviour Unit, where the assault occurred, on foot of a previous incident involving a member of the medical staff.
Jim Mitchell, Deputy General Secretary said this morning, “our main concern at this time is the impact such an attack will have on the two people involved and of course their families. This attack does again raise the security of prison officers and the resources required to do all that is reasonable to ensure their safety in the workplace. In very recent times two of our colleagues were injured in an attack at Tallaght Hospital and two other colleagues were injured in an assault in the Midlands Prison. We must again call on the Minister and the Prison Service Management to review the security of prison officers: what has been happening in recent times is totally unacceptable and the attitude to the POA, when is endeavours to raise these critically important issues, is intolerable”
Jim Mitchell went on to say, “it is clear to all of us in the POA that Prison Service Management do not understand the day to day challenges being faced by faced by prison officers on the frontline – and this is of deep concern to us.