The Prison Officers Association has written to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to warn him that the prison service could “collapse” if the virus, which has to date been contained in the prison system after each outbreak, were to spread. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 1,000 prisoners and prison officers at the Republic’s largest prison are due to be tested for Covid-19 this week in a bid to control an outb(...)

There have now been Covid-19 cases in prisoners in four facilities around the country. File photograph: Collins Dublin

An inmate in Limerick Prison has tested positive for Covid-19. The prisoner has been isolated and all 200 of the jail’s inmates are to be tested as a(...)

Prison management is confident it has contained the outbreak  at the Midlands Prison. Photograph: Collins Dublin

More than 40 prison officers and staff from the Midlands Prison are self-isolating amid a Covid-19 outbreak at the facility. About 30 officers are is(...)

At the time, prison staff and the Prison Officers Association expressed concerns about how the event might impact efforts to keep the prison system free of Covid-19. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) has appointed an outside agency to investigate a prison governor’s retirement gathering which took place near the heigh(...)

Prison officers are to seek a meeting with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to urge An Garda Síochána to investigate attacks on prison staff by prisoners. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Prison officers are to seek a meeting with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to urge An Garda Síochána to investigate attacks on prison staff by pr(...)

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(...)