The attack happened about 2am on Saturday morning when the car was petrol bombed outside the officer’s home in a housing estate in Tower near Blarney.

The Prison Officers Association has strongly condemned the petrol bombing of a prison officer’s car in Co Cork, the second time the officer’s car has (...)

File photograph of Mountjoy Prison. Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald    has said the allocation of stab vests to prison officers is being kept under review. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said the allocation of stab vests to prison officers is being kept under review.Ms Fitzgerald said 160 sta(...)

Prison service chief Michael Donnellan said that while some luxuries extended to inmates might seem too liberal, the service must try to get through to “angry” criminals. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

The role of the prison system is to “build up” and “bring back” criminals by treating them with humanity, the head of the Irish Prison Service has sai(...)

In March, the Prison Officers’ Association (POA) balloted 96 per cent in favour of taking industrial action, up to and including all-out strikes.  File  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí and members of the Defence Forces have undergone training to prepare them to work in prisons in the event prison officers take industrial actio(...)

The conference heard that despite efforts by the Irish Prison Service to reduce the flow of contraband, a “drugs, drugs and more drugs” scenario was confronting staff daily

Prison officers have urged Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to “take on” gang leaders in jail and isolate them from the rest of the prison po(...)

The Mountjoy Prison reception wing. Prison officers have claimed a prisoner who recently stabbed staff in Mountjoy was given €65 and a birthday cake just days after lashing out at the two officers. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Security measures for prison officers dealing with violent inmates are to be heightened to include the wearing of stab-proof vests.Minister for Justic(...)

An oversight group for the Haddington Road Agreement has intervened in a bid to avert planned industrial action by prison officers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Moves are underway aimed at averting forthcoming industrial action in the State’s prisons.The National Oversight Group of the Haddington Road Agreemen(...)

The Prison Officers’ Association claims its members are being put at risk. Above, Mountjoy Prison Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Decisions taken by management at the Irish Prison Service (IPS) have contributed to situations where staff members are being placed in danger, accordi(...)

The  Midlands Prison in Portlaoise. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A prison officer has been slashed across the buttock with a makeshift knife at Midlands Prison. Two of his colleagues were hospitalised after a separa(...)

Derek Brockwell, who was recaptured by police outside a pub in Belfast city centre. Irish Prison Service/PA

Minister Alex White denied a lack of Garda resources was responsible for the incident in which two prison officers were stabbed by a prisoner escapi(...)