Two prison officers in Castlerea hospitalised after attack

Castlerea Prison
Castlerea Prison

Two officers from Castlerea Prison had to go to hospital to be treated for injuries after an attack by an inmate yesterday.

The incident occurred when the prisoner was being escorted back to the jail.

Sources say that the prisoner shoved one officer into one of the cells in the back of the prison van before getting the second officer in a headlock.

It took up to six officers to subdue the violent prisoner responsible for the attack.

Both officers were taken to Accident and Emergency to be treated for their injuries before being released.

The prisoner, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been using crutches and had been taken to hospital in Galway to get a cast changed.

Sources say he was abusive to staff throughout the trip and launched his attack on his return to the jail.

The news comes just a few days after three staff at Mountjoy Prison were hospitalised following an attack by two violent inmates. 

In that incident, one of the prison officers was head-butted in the face and had his lip burst, while another suffered a dislocated finger in the unprovoked attack.

The third officer received bruising to the head after being punched.

The Prison Officer Association said the level of attacks and a failure to deal with discipline issues is a having a serious effect on prison staff morale.