SCANDAL: Ex-convict is now using prison labour
A construction firm run by a convicted drug dealer has been given the go-ahead by prison bosses to hire inmates as workers.
Prisoners from Shelton Abbey in Co. Wicklow leave the prison every day to go to work as part of a program to prepare them for their eventual release.
However, the Sunday World can reveal that one firm hiring prison labour is headed by a man who did time behind bars himself after admitting to being a cannabis dealer.
Company director Derek Byrne was sentenced to two years and nine months in 2005 after admitting he had three kilos of cannabis for sale.
His firm, D Byrne Construction, of which he is a co-director, has been allowed to use serving inmates despite have served time himself.
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