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Prison officer hospitalised after row with fellow staff member

NewsBy Patrick O'Connell
Limerick prison (Pic: Google Maps)
Limerick prison (Pic: Google Maps)

PRISON bosses are investigating after an officer was hospitalised as a result of an altercation with another officer in a changing room in Limerick Prison.

Sources have confirmed to the Sunday World that hospital medics were called after an officer sustained neck injuries during the row on Thursday evening.

A source confirmed: "The incident involved two prison officers who became involved in a confrontation in the changing area.

"One of the officers was found at the foot of a stairwell and claims to have been pushed by another officer.

"The officer was taken by ambulance to Ennis Hospital where he remained overnight receiving treatment," the source added.

The incident occurred as an internal probe continues into an incident in which two prison officers were involved in a 'punch-up' inside a courts complex in November last year.

One source said: "The two lads had had some sort of argument and it continued in the van.

"Then once they got to the court complex it became physical. It actually happened in the back of a van.

"Another officer was outside the van when it blew up.

"He heard the scuffles and went inside to break it up."

Neither officer was badly hurt in the incident, but both did sign off duty after it.