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Prison officer attacked in Mountjoy during routine search

Crime DeskBy Eamon Dillon
Prison officer attacked in Mountjoy during routine search

A prison officer has been treated in hospital after suffering a cut to his eye in another brutal attack on prison staff inside Mountjoy today.

The attack came as members of the Operational Support Group carried out searches.

It is the latest in a series of attacks that have threatened to spark industrial action by prison officers, who claim cutbacks have affected their safety.

Thug Stephen Dolan, who is serving time for actual bodily harm after attacking a taxi driver and head-butting a garda during a court appearance, launched his unprovoked attack during a routine search.

Prison Officer Association (POA) spokesman Jim Mitchell said there have been six assaults on staff in Mountjoy in the last three weeks.

“It highlights the dangerous and difficult job prison officers have to do,” he told the Sunday World.

The POA are due to meet Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald this week to discuss a report into the escape of dangerous prisoner Derek Brockwell, during which two warders were stabbed.