“Staff have to deal with the fall out of that, you know?
“Nobody’s going to like sleeping on the floor and then eventually you’re going to get to the situation where you’re putting prisoners in cells with prisoners that don’t want them on the floor either.
“So again, history has shown this just leads to violence within our prisons.”
Four Irish prisons have now exceeded their capacity and there are 550 more prisoners than there were a year ago.
Dublin TD Neale Richmond already made calls for increased prison capacity in November, saying overcrowded prisons “put prisoners and our prison officers at risk."
"In order to keep our communities and our prisons safe, it is vital that our justice system is operational in full,” he said.
“In order to do so, we must ensure that we have sufficient capacity in our prisons to ensure they are safe environments for inmates, but also to ensure our communities are kept safe with justice brought to criminals as soon as possible."