Prisons Officers Association deeply concerned about assault on colleagues in Tallaght, 17 February 15
Statement from The Prison Officers Association, 17th February 2015
The Prison Officers Association is deeply concerned about a most serious incident, which led to the assault and injury to two prison officers at Tallaght Hospital earlier today.
Out thoughts at this time are with our two injured colleagues and their families.
Jim Mitchell, Deputy General Secretary of the Prison Officers Association said this evening, “It is vitally important that the Irish Prison Service thoroughly investigate this incident and establish how such a serious assault could have occurred. It is very evident that prisoners, who are known to be dangerous and pose a serious risk, must be accompanied by appropriate levels of security when being escorted outside the prison environment. This, and indeed other incidents where our colleagues have been injured in recent years, raises many serious questions which must be tackled by prison management”.
This most serious incident in Tallaght today again highlights the many risks and challenges faced by prison officers, while doing their duty on behalf of the State on a daily basis.