“We can confirm that the Prison Officers Association received a briefing this evening from senior Prison Service management in relation to the Inspector of Prisons Preliminary Investigation Report on unauthorised surveillance on staff and visitors at the Midlands/Portlaoise Prison Complex.
We can also confirm that we were issued a copy of the aforementioned report. There is a large volume of content in the Inspectors Report and we are forwarding on the Inspectors Report to the Unions legal advisors. We have requested that our legal advisors fully exam the Inspectors of Prisons Report on this matter and we have asked them to forward on their advices to us as soon as they are in a position to do so.
We have since read over aspects of the Inspectors Report and we are deeply concerned by its contents and feel that the matters raised require further examination and analysis.
In page 2 of the report the Inspector states, ‘my recommendation is in light of the fact that An Garda Siochana and the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner are now engaged; I consider that they are the appropriate authorities to carry out any further investigations relevant to the findings of the report’
As there is every likelihood of further formal investigations of these most serious matters, we will not be commenting further at this time”