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Video: Shocking footage of officers being attacked at Mountjoy

The prisoners take apart the brush to use the handle as a weapon
The prisoners take apart the brush to use the handle as a weapon

On Monday night's episode of The Joy on TV3, footage of Mountjoy prison officers being assaulted will be broadcast.

The clip, which you can see in the preview video below, shows what happened as one prisoner takes the handle from a brush being used to clean the prison floor before using it to attack an officer.

As that prisoner is restrained by officers, another prisoner throws the head of the brush at the officers, striking one on the head.

Commenting on the incident while observing the altercation on CCTV footage, Chief Officer Niall Swift said: “He [the first prisoner] takes the brush off the cleaner on the landing and immediately goes at staff. It could have developed, it’s just that other prisoners didn’t get involved even though the first prisoner, that started the whole incident, was calling for other prisoners to get involved. It could have turned very nasty very quick.”

Episode 3 will also feature an insight into attempted drug smuggling at Ireland's most famous jail.

The full programme will be shown on TV at 10pm on Monday night.