The Prison Officers Association says at least 13 of its members have been assaulted by inmates over the past year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Prison officers were regularly being attacked, in one case sexually, by prisoners even as inmates were benefitting from the current “hugging philosoph(...)

Staffing levels and assaults on prison staff are other problem areas, according to the Prison Officers’ Association. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says it is crucial to avoid industrial action as the Prison Officers’ Association looks to restore its members(...)

President of the Prison Officers Association (POA)Stephen Delaney said  officers needed more equipment such as riot gear, batons and pepper spray.  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Prison officers want more equipment such as riot gear, batons and pepper spray to protect themselves from assault and injury at work. President of th(...)

 The interior of Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Kinahan-Hutch gangland feud had resulted in extreme violence in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, recently and urgent action is needed to isolate rival gan(...)

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(...)

CCTV footage of Derek Brockwell (53) from Glasgow entering Urban Pharmacy on Belfast’s Dublin Road before he was caught by police on Wednesday night. Photograph: Pacemaker

Derek Brockwell, a Portlaoise Prison inmate who escaped after stabbing two officers during a hospital visit, spent last night in hospital in Belfast. (...)

Prison Officers’ Association deputy general secretary Jim Mitchell who said local management in some prisons were not adhering to a new system designed to  prevent prisoners from engaging in violence against officers again.

Prisoners attacking staff in jails across the State are being transferred to other prisons where no steps are being taken to punish them or prevent th(...)

All of the complaints made by prisoners against prison officers and investigated under a new independent system established six months ago have(...)

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