“It would not be appropriate for the Prison Officers Association to comment on what is a security matter at this time. We are in the process of writing to the Minister, asking if he can provide further details on these most serious allegations being made by the whistle-blower, as reported in a national newspaper today.
We are asking for a response as a matter of urgency, as we would be deeply concerned about any practice that could impact on the safety and security of our members. A similar security matter did emerge in the past regarding the installation of covert CCTV equipment in a Dublin Prison, after which we were given assurances by the Director General of the Irish Prison Service that there would be no repeat of the practice. A complaint was made to the Data Protection Commissioner at that time and this led to the assurance we were given from the Director General.
We are surprised that the Minister has asked the Inspector of Prisons to investigate this matter. We believe that such a serious security matter should be investigated by An Garda Siochána and we have outlined this view to the Minister in our letter”